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09:36pm 10/05/2013
 
 
Applesauce Parker
I'm mostly friends-only these days, but if you think we should be friends, I'm pretty likely to think you're right, so drop me a line!

I've been Applesauce Parker and/or apgeeksout all over the internet for years, so if you've met someone with those names - especially in fannish, bookish, or social justice oriented spaces - odds are pretty good it was me. I'm mostly active right here and on AO3 for fic purposes.  And though I still don't really understand or feel comfortable on it, I have recently started using tumblr, primarily to squirrell away pictures/gifs/fanart of wrestlers.

In general, I post about: things I'm feeling fannish about, bits and pieces about my day-to-day, books and writers I love, things in the news that are either charming me or irritating me, and lately I've had a hard time shutting up about baseball (Let's Go, Bucs!) and about professional wrestling in general and Dean Ambrose in particular.

I'm also terrible bad at personal relationships introductions and profiles and etc., so I never know what to include in this kind of post; if there's anything in particular you'd like to know, feel free to ask.  C:
 
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Dear Yuletide Author  
12:15pm 20/09/2016
 
 
Applesauce Parker
You are awesome! Thank you for writing for me! I hope you'll enjoy writing your story as much as I'll enjoy reading it!

I love all of these fandoms and all of these characters and will love fic about any of them, so if you already have an idea, then go for it; I know it will be as rad as you are! If a little detail from me will make things easier/more fun for you, then I'll ramble about fic in general and these particular fandoms/characters below:

Do-Not-Wants:
I'm fortunate not to have any triggers, but I do have a couple of back-button squicks that it would be great if you could avoid: romanticized/eroticized depictions of incest or rape are deal-breakers for me. If canon and/or the direction your story takes you include incest or rape, I'd prefer it not be depicted in great length or graphic detail. I'd prefer no a/b/o or mpreg. I'm comfortable receiving fic of any rating, and if you're moved to porn, I'd prefer no sex that kinks on fear, extreme pain, or risk of death or maiming.

A couple of my fandoms have canon-specific DNWs, which I've listed at the top of the section for the relevant fandom.

Stuff I love in every kind of fic:
Banter.  Found families.  Second chances and atonement.  Missing scenes and tags/codas.  Bedsharing (platonic or otherwise).  Gallows humor.  H/C that's light on the 'hurt' and heavy on the 'comfort' (i.e. focusing more on the recovery than an injury itself; or with a cause of hurt that's not super-dramatic or life-threatening but enough to leave the character(s) feeling vulnerable/protective). Characters playing poker.  Women kicking literal and/or metaphorical ass. Hugs, forehead kisses and other little touches and casual gestures of physical affection.  Sarcasm used to disguise affection, anxiety, and other gooey emotions, especially where other characters see through that shoddy defense. Characters who own their mistakes (even if they can't seem to quit making them). Double lives/secret identities.  Domesticity, especially characters cooking with/for each other.  Hopeful, if imperfectly happy, endings (unless you're writing horror, in which case, I'm totally here for more ambiguous or despairing ends). Most of my favorite stories could be distilled down to something like broken people make a home for each other and/or ragtag band of misfits save world, one another.

[Shippy Likes]Shipping News:
I love gen fic a lot, but I'm also open to stories that include m/f, f/f, m/m, and poly relationships.  I'd prefer not to receive Character/Reader self-insert fic or fic primarily focused on Canon Character/Original Character romance, but where canon characters are concerned, I generally don't have a lot of SRS BZNS unbreakable ships (so feel free to sell me on any relationship that doesn't rely on abuse of power!). I'll also try to give you an idea of any ships I have strong feelings about in the fandom-specific sections below.

Shippy stuff I love:
UST - both one-sided pining and that dynamic where everyone acknowledges the attraction but has some significant reason for not pursuing anything further right now.  Flirting.  First times - both sexual and other day-to-day life stuff characters are experiencing for the first time as partners.  Partners in established relationships supporting each other through non-relationship drama.  Casual sex between characters who have respect and fondness for each other.  Friends-to-lovers.  Fake relationships turning into real feelings. Self-aware characters making self-destructive choices (i.e. knowing they're fucking up even as they're doing it and still not being able to stop themselves) about their relationships.  Consensual sex between characters who are antagonistic toward each other, whether that later becomes something warmer or remains a mistake they just keep making together.  Hair-washing and related grooming.  Partners sharing a bath/shower (both in a clearly-intended-to-be-sexy way and as a form of simple everyday intimacy).



[Porny Likes]Porn notes:
I don't expect porn, but I am absolutely open to it.  If you go that route, these are some things I especially like:

A focus on the characters' emotions/sensations rather than a less-personal diagram of the sex act in question.  Non-penetrative sex.  Masturbation.  Voyeurism/Exhibitionism.  Praise-kink.  Light bondage (which, to me, means things like characters simply being held down by their partner(s) or using restraints that don't leave lingering marks or require a lot of special props or advance planning).  Laughter (whether because things aren't going quite to plan or because the characters laugh together a lot, so why should sex be any different?).  Comfort sex.  Phone sex.  Unexpected moments of vulnerability/gentleness between otherwise-antagonistic characters. Bad sex (somebody doesn't get off - or gets off too early -, the new kink they've been excited to try out together turns out to feel silly or uncomfortable or otherwise unsexy to them in practice, etc.) that's still satisfying because of the characters' emotional connection.

Apart from the DNWs below, I'm open to kink-fic. In general, I tend to prefer interpretations at the more tender, playful, or praise-y end of the spectrum.  For example: the kind of crossdressing fic that's about how nice the clothes feel and partners praising how they look in them, or the kind of pet play that's about uncomplicated affection and gentle caretaking.

Porn/Kink-specific Do Not Wants: Things that brush up against my general DNWs from above (rape, incest, edgeplay, omegaverse), dirty talk/internal monologue that uses words that would be slurs in other contexts ("slut", "fag", etc.), 24/7 lifestyle D/s or intense humiliation/degradation, or severe pain (which, to me, means more sustained/intense than a few slaps, hair-pulling, or fingernails or teeth that don't break the skin).


[Other Optional Details]Stylistically: I don't have a dog in the past tense vs. present tense fight; I read, write, and enjoy both. I will always be a sucker for any kind of unusual narration: second-person, 1st-person plural, outsider POV, unreliable narrator, epistolary fiction, omniscient narrator, etc., etc., ad infinitum. But, third-person-limited is popular for a reason -and that reason is that it works!- so please don't feel pressured to try something you wouldn't have fun with. Just know that if you were thinking about experimenting, you'd find a receptive audience in me!

Spoilers & Jossing: You can assume that I've consumed the full canon and/or will be keeping up with ongoing installments for any of these requests, so please don't worry about spoiling me.  For any of the fandoms that will be releasing new installments between now and reveals, please don't worry if canon takes a zig where your fic anticipated a zag; I'd rather read the divergent fic you're excited to write than a story that less-enthusiastically incorporates some November plot twist.

AUs & Crossovers: My favorite kinds of AU are the ones that diverge from a particular point in canon, or the ones that add something to the canon setting instead of replacing it altogether (so, less 'everyone is suddenly a college student' and more 'everybody does what they do in canon, but A is also secretly a vampire or vigilante-superhero or exiled royalty').

I'm here for all the crossovers between any of the fandoms I've requested:

John Constantine, haunting an NXT event, wearing his manky trenchcoat and grumbling about the humidity, and probably enjoying the show (or at least respecting its magic) despite himself?  A character from a department-store-shade universe turning up in the Immortals game-world?  Who knows what kind of things you might find Behind You in Banshee during a late shift at the Cadi or lost in the cornfields outside of town? Etc., etc., etc.

Side-Challenges: I'm happy to have your fic slot into any of the community side-challenges or theme collections if you'd like to play in them.

  • Misses Clause - Many of my fandoms this year have multiple women in the tagset (and most have women who weren't nommed but who I'd be happy to see appear in your fic!) whose interactions I love.

  • Yuleporn - I have a big ramble about my general likes up above, and will try to scatter some fandom-specific smutty prompts below.

  • Interactive Fiction - I'm not clever enough to come up with specific prompts for it, but I love unusual formats, so if you see something in one of my fandoms that moves you toward IF, I'm here for it!

  • Yumadrin - Drabbles are neat!  While a 100-word drabble would obviously end up as a treat, I'd also be cool with a series of 10+ interrelated drabbles forming my main gift.

  • Crueltide - Behind You, Evening Primrose, and Hellblazer are my most obviously Crueltide-friendly fandoms this year, but I'm cool with a horror story in any of my requested fandoms.


FANDOMS! ♥

My fandoms are listed below alphabetically, and if the herds of tl;dr associated with each one come in at different sizes, please know that's a function of my tendency toward "any" requests and how many characters made it into the tagset and not a reflection of different levels of enthusiasm. I love all of these fandoms to a truly ridiculous degree, and will be delighted with wherever you end up writing for me!

[Banshee - any (tagset includes: Lucas Hood, Sugar Bates, Brock Lotus, Rebecca Bowman)]Banshee - any (tagset includes: Lucas Hood, Sugar Bates, Brock Lotus, Rebecca Bowman)

You're probably looking up at my DNWs and wondering how I even watch this show, let alone love it as much as I do.  /0\  Basically, I was already a goner for it by the time I encountered the things that've made me nope out of other media.

I especially love flashbacks! I'd love little bits of backstory or missing scenes, like the fic equivalent of the Origins shorts.  Younger Hood working a con with Job and/or Ana?  Younger Sugar, in the boxing ring, or wrestling with his loyalties to an ascendant Proctor?  Lotus, in the time before Hood's arrival, knowing all the town's ins and outs, and keeping Banshee safe as best he can?  Rebecca, and all of the secrets she keeps before she leaves home.

Five Times fic that pulls from multiple time-periods (and/or identities!) could be delicious!  Five Times Lucas Hood Pretended to be a Dad!  Five Times Sugar Poured Someone a Double, On the House!  Five Times Brock Lotus Swallowed Shit for the Sake of His Town!  Five Times Rebecca Got in Over Her Head & Lived to Tell the Tale!, etc.

I'm also here for all the fix-it AUs: like, Siobhan leaves the Cadi alive and she and Hood start a new life together somewhere else, or Rebecca escapes Banshee altogether, or failing that, at least evades/turns the tables on her murderer.

I'd love something that slots into the timeskip between seasons 3 and 4: Brock settling in as Sheriff, and finding it not all he'd hoped for? Sugar, readjusting to a life knowing that Job and/or Hood won't be always coming through his door with trouble on their heels? Deva visiting Hood at his hermit cabin, or any other surprise company he had during that time? Any character interacting with Rebecca for what neither of them know is the last time?

I received really lovely fic in this fandom in a previous exchange, but if I had my way, Banshee would be too big for small-fandom exchanges ten times over, so I will always, always welcome more. The show is one of my recurring requests, so feel free to include any other characters (nominated or not), or pull from the prompts/rambling in previous exchange letters if you'd like.

Shipping News: I ship Hood with Rebecca (and Siobhan, Ana/Carrie, Job, Nola Longshadow, and Veronica Dawson, for characters not in the tagset); I'm also definitely here for Sugar/Job and Rebecca/Nola and Brock/Emily.

Porn Possibilities:  I don't have any specific porny prompts for this fandom this year, but feel to use any prompt from earlier fest letters, pull from my general likes above, or to go with any ideas you've already got.


[Behind You - any]Behind You - any

Canon-Specific Do Not Wants: Please don't gift me fic with graphically-depicted sexual violence, or anything involving characters with their eyes or mouths sewn or otherwise sealed shut (gags or blindfolds are okay, but nothing permanent or damaging, please).

My main prompt for this fandom is basically "And then what happens?" Please tell me the story suggested by any of the comics that you like.

There are a few characters pulled from specific panels in the tagset, but I'm not too fussed about whether you use any of them, or pick one of the other scenes that grabs you instead. I'm also cool with crossovers with any of my other requested fandoms that put characters from those canons in one of the Behind You scenarios.

Apart from the DNWs mentioned above, I don't mind gore or violence, but my favorite kinds of horror tend to be creepy moreso than bloody. I really like urban legends and creepypasta and eldritch abominations and cosmic horror. I like it when things that are just not quite right in some way start seeping in around the edges of a character's otherwise-normal world and nobody else seems to notice. I love those kind of distressing endings where the character has survived an immediate threat, but now has to go on knowing that, as time goes on, they're going to change in some way they don't want or knowing (and being forever alone in the knowledge!) that the world is a dangerously/terrifyingly different place than they'd always thought.

That said, I'm also the total sap who would be here for the subversion where the impossible/terrifying creature doesn't want to eat/possess/murder the POV character; it just wants to be friends! And relatedly, I'm all over the extra horror of it deciding to be their new best friend/guardian... and in that capacity, to eviscerate or drive mad anything who gets on their nerves: the neighbor's yippy dog... the co-worker who makes loud personal calls at their desk... the friend-of-a-friend who sticks the rest of the table with their share of the dinner bill... the relative or close friend who annoys them in the way that only people you really love can do...

Shipping News: This isn't the kind of fandom that gives me strong shippy feelings, but feel free to include romantic relationships if that's the way your story grows.

Porn Possibilities: PWP isn't my main interest in this fandom, but I would happily read (dubious or enthusiastic) consentacles, if the shrieking horror you pick to write about lends itself to that.


[Evening Primrose - any (tagset includes: Charles Snell, Ella, The Night Watchman, Sadie)]Evening Primrose - any (tagset includes: Charles Snell, Ella, The Night Watchman, Sadie)

This story was performed for radio on Escape a handful of times between the late '40s and late '50s.  Audio of the earliest performance, starring Elliott Lewis can be found here.   And here is a text version of the script.

I'd love any worldbuilding about the people/things that live in the department stores after hours and what day-to-day life in their weird closed world.  This might be especially fun as epistolary fic in the form of other entries from Snell's journal?

I'm also here for all kinds of divergent AUs, especially ones that come back to different but still distressing endings: What if Snell finagles to have The Night Watchman sent to the Dark Men while Ella is spared, telling himself that of course she'll come to love him eventually?  What if Ella escapes with The Night Watchman as planned... and finds she can't cope with the world outside Macy's?

What happens to Sadie after the story? How does she go on, knowing about this terrible, impossible secret world happening just under the surface of something as mundane as the mall?

What was it like for Ella growing up in the department store among the shades? Are there other children like her at Wanamaker's or other stores?

Has The Night Watchman ever noticed anything off about the store before his last night?

Shipping News: I'm primarily here for the canon ships in this fandom: Ella/Night Watchman flirtation, and one-sided Snell --> Ella, though I could also go for a dark-fic AU in which Ella is gradually Stockholmed into regarding Snell as her savior who's owed her affection.


[Hellblazer - John Constantine]Hellblazer - John Constantine

I've received great gift fic in this fandom before, but Hellblazer's one of my forever fandoms, and I'm always, always going to want more fic about this guy!

I tend to like John best when he's playing for slightly smaller stakes than the fate of the whole universe (say, a smaller slice of the world, or even one single soul, not necessarily his own). I love the richness of Constantine's history, aging in more-or-less real time through the run of the series. A lot of my favorite Hellblazer issues and arcs are about the fallout from things a younger Constantine did out of rashness, boredom, cockiness, fear, etc. carrying into the present in the form of bad craziness being visited on innocent bystanders or people he loves, and John's scramble to set things right, often with pyrrhic-at-best results.

I also love John being kind of hapless with children, while simultaneously being the adult most likely to recognize (and maybe have an idea what to do) when their games or nightmares have taken a turn for the sinister. I'd be here for him interacting with any kid from canon or an OC child character you might throw in his path.

John is, above all other things - and despite the demon blood - persistently, angrily human. He knows himself to be a fuck-up, and certainly doesn't have much faith in the rest of us not to choose misery and pain and ruin for ourselves and each other, but the choice matters, and he throws his lot in with humanity every single time. He may want to be a misanthrope, but he's still, somehow, full of this grim, cynical, dogged optimism that he'd never, ever own, because he's too busy making sure everyone knows what a dangerous, shiftless hardcase he is, and don't you forget it, squire.

Casefic, con-job, flashbacks, slice-of-life: I'm here for it all! Constantine holds court down the local pub? Constantine is visited by his ghosts (as literal or metaphorical as you care to take it)? Someone from long back in John's past comes to collect on a favor? John encounters something supernatural that isn't a screaming horror or a yawning despair: weirdness that's actually beneficial or, at worse, harmless?

Shipping News: My primary Hellblazer ships are John/long-term-consequences-of-his-terrible-terrible-decisionmaking and John/unexpected-moments-of-grace, so while I'm happy to have him paired in the background with just about anyone you can imagine, I'd prefer romantic relationships not be the central focus of your fic.


[NXT - any (tagset includes: Asuka, Bayley, Bobby Roode, Buddy Murphy, Corey Graves, Ember Moon, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Johnny Gargano, Nakamura Shinsuke, Samoa Joe,Tommaso Ciampa,Tye Dillinger, Wesley Blake )]NXT - any (tagset includes: Asuka, Bayley, Bobby Roode, Buddy Murphy, Corey Graves, Ember Moon, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Johnny Gargano, Nakamura Shinsuke, Samoa Joe,Tommaso Ciampa,Tye Dillinger, Wesley Blake )

Canon-specific Do Not Want: What I'm looking for out of this fandom is fic about the characters of my favorite soap-opera-with-superkicks, rather than RPF about the performers, so I'd prefer your story not include the wrestlers' real-world identities or elements of their personal lives or relationships that have not been incorporated into kayfabe. (That said, Candice LeRae is a weird case of being an established wrestling character, though not - yet? - in NXT kayfabe, so if you're writing about #DIY, I'm equally cool with her not existing in the universe of your fic, or with her appearing in any capacity where she's not being vilified or cheated on.)

I'm delighted by the large slate of characters nominated! I'll ramble a little about everyone below, but for starters, here are a couple of catch-all prompts that you can swap many combinations of characters into:

Car trouble or inclement weather strand the wrestlers of your choice at a Waffle House off a rural stretch of Interstate; hijinks and/or bonding ensue.

Pro wrestling is an international community, and the NXT roster is a reflection of that.  I'd love a story about homesickness and culture shock and finding/making a new space/life/family for yourself far from the place where you began, centered on any character(s) not originally hailing from the U.S.

Wistfulness and goodbyes (for now) from the characters who have recently or will soon depart for the main roster; being proud and excited but also a little bittersweet about things left undone and the people they're leaving behind at Full Sail.

Rich Brennan once jokingly called Corey Graves a soothsayer, and I'd love to read fic in which that's literally true. Is it part of the curse that led him to retire? Is his unapproachable grouch persona something he's cultivated to keep people from asking him heartbreaking questions about their lives? Does he find little ways to use it to help the other NXTers out in their day-to-day without blowing his cover too badly?

The running gag on commentary about how astonishingly, pathetically unlucky Buddy Murphy is recently? It's all true, and it's happening because Wesley Blake inadvertently put a curse on him in a fit of pique while #BAMF was disintegrating. Cue desperate attempts to break the (increasingly dangerous) curse bringing them back together as partners; cameos by Alexa Bliss welcome but not necessary.

Bobby Roode, come to make NXT over in his own (Glorious!) image, and being thwarted at every turn by the dorks and slobs and other assorted misfits that have been devaluing the brand; Bobby Roode, completely despite himself, being charmed and won over by his new coworkers, especially somebody who's been around for a while.

Tye Dillinger comes to realize that somebody he originally called a 3 has gradually become, like, a 17 for him, and finds himself scrambling to make up for his previous jerkface ways.

So much has changed at NXT while Hideo Itami was out hurt! It must be bittersweet, to return and find that almost everyone he worked with has moved on, even if some of the faces that have replaced them belong to other old friends. I'd love something about Hideo settling back in and finding his place in the new lay of the land.

It's my impression that kayfabe Japan is a very, very small world; tell me about any history that Hideo, Asuka, and/or Shinsuke Nakamura shared there, and how nice it is to find each other again in Orlando.

It's lonely at the top; Asuka's had trouble making friends in the women's division - first ganged up on by Emma and Dana, then being the one everyone's afraid of, and now with a target on her back due to the Title. She and Bayley finally understand each other after Brooklyn, though Bayley's now moved on. Maybe she and Ember Moon could find some common ground next?

Alternatively, maybe Asuka and Ember Moon have been reincarnated in a zillion times and places, and somehow always end up across from each other in a fight. I imagine Ember Moon's backstory/gimmick will be fleshed out a bit more during the writing period, so feel free to stick with wherever canon takes her, or to diverge based on the little we know so far.

The second Dusty Classic brings Finn Balor back to Full Sail for various ceremonial duties. Cue: lots of feelings about his injury and being there when he's not able to wrestle (bet the demon doesn't handle downtime very well!), and/or awkward reunions with Hideo or Samoa Joe.

Bayley saying goodbye to NXT and to Asuka and to being the first two-time women's champ. Does she have a moment with the new wave of talent in the women's lockerroom before she goes?

We know Kevin Owens isn't immune to hugs from Bayley; I hope Joe isn't either. I'd love to read about his reaction to a hug from one former champ to another, even as he's embarking on his reign of terror. (I suspect this note isn't necessary, but in a gift to me, that reaction should be, like, grudging acquiescence and confused backpats, not any form of violence directed at Bayley.)

Speaking of this warpath Joe's on: does he sincerely believe he's the wronged party, driven too far, in all of this? Like, it's objectively obviously not true that the whole apparatus of the men's title scene has been set up specifically to screw him over, but when he promos about it, I'm convinced of his conviction, if not his premise. I'd love more of Joe as an unreliable narrator, basically. I imagine this angle that's essentially Joe vs. Regal will continue to play out through the writing period, so feel free to borrow or diverge from ongoing canon as it suits your fic.

As Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura would obviously tie into fic about Joe's ongoing destruction, but feel free to move on speculating about what's next for the King of Strong Style (maybe Hideo? that would be keen!), or something set further back in his timeline, about what drew him to NXT, when he clearly had a pretty sweet life already. I would also 100% believe it if you told me that this guy is literally the King of some charmingly weird otherworld, amusing himself among us mere mortals.

Even though they did frequently tag together, we weren't initially introduced to Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa as a tag team, and they've done promos to the effect that they've never really had partners before now. I'd like to see that transition from acquaintances who work well together in a pinch to thinking of each other as team and family and maybe more, ideally, through the liberal application of hurt/comfort and roadtrip shenanigans (which may or may not involve stalking Bobby Roode).

I'm also here for goofy meta fic about them "written" by one (or more - #DIY comment!fic fest? Another tag team as writing partners? A draft with beta notes? -) of their trollish and/or earnestly fannish co-workers.

Shipping News:   NXT is basically a walk-in closet full of little black dresses for me; I'm pretty sure you could draw any 2+ characters from a hat and convince me that there could be something between them.  I'm especially partial to shipping tag team partners and stablemates, but I'm also totally here for ships between rivals who aren't always sure whether they want to fuck each other up or just plain fuck.

Porn possibilities: Celebratory belt-sex: any past, current, or future title-holder (i.e. anyone) receives oral from an enthusiastic partner while wearing their championship belt.

Wrestling lends itself to exhibitionism, and I'd be down for characters getting off on putting on a show for each other, however explicit a shape that takes.

Wrestlers of your choice add a different kind of heat to their matches with a series of bets and wagers paid off in sexual favors.  What does "double or nothing" look like with those stakes?  Who's playing to lose?

Tye's aggressive downgrading of Chad Gable definitely has nothing to do with their respective relationships with Jason Jordan... even so, it somehow leads to a threesome in which Dillinger and Gable are ostensibly competing, but also effectively collaborating to make Jason feel real good.



[WWE Immortals - any (tagset includes: Centurion Roman Reigns, Swashbuckler Seth Rollins, Warrior Queen Stephanie McMahon, Evolved Seth Rollins)]WWE Immortals - any (tagset includes: Centurion Roman Reigns, Swashbuckler Seth Rollins, Warrior Queen Stephanie McMahon, Evolved Seth Rollins)

Canon for this fandom is more atmosphere than storyline, so let me share with you a headcanon I have:  I assume that each of the parallel universes is inhabited by local versions of the full roster, and that the playable characters are all wandering around the game-world, shell-shocked and grieving for the ones they've been dragged away from, while constantly surrounded by strangers wearing their loved one's faces (and their own!).  Feel free to write flashback fic set in the characters' alternate-universes of origin as well as things set in the disorienting present of the game.

I'll prompt for the individual nommed characters below, but - with the caveat that I'd rather John Cena characters not be a prominent focus of your story - please feel free to include any other characters in addition to the nominated characters, even if they haven't appeared in the game yet.    Feel free as well to imagine additional variants of the existing playable characters (there's definitely a parallel dimension where the Shield are basically the Three Musketeers, right?) or how characters who aren't represented in the game yet might appear: Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble, literal hobbits?  Becky Lynch, weird-west steampunk Sheriff?  Seraph Kofi Kingston who really can fly? Kevin Owens: actual shapeshifting Murder-bear?  What aspects of Charlotte or Sasha Banks or Cesaro or Adrian Neville or, or, or, etc., etc., etc. might get sucked into the game-world? Maybe Ember Moon is an escapee from one of the games' other dimensions? I'm here for versions of any characters from the blighted, dystopian Suplex City depicted in this commercial.

Centurion Roman Reigns has always been responsible for (and able to rely upon) an entire legion, and one of the first and only ways he knows how to cope after being cast into the game-world alone is to start collecting people to fight alongside and/or take care of.  Is the fantasy-Rome he's from one where the Pantheon intercedes in daily life? Whose favor does Roman have?  Whose wrath?

Tell me about Warrior Queen Stephanie McMahon usurping the throne from her father (possibly with the aid of future king-consort HHH) or putting down rebellions by that universe's version of the Shield or engaging in some kind of trade war with the fiefdom run by her brother.  What would she think of the besuited Authority version of herself if they crossed paths in the gameworld?

Tell me about Swashbuckler Seth Rollins's crew: what big treasure were they after? battles, shipwrecks, and storms they've weathered together? I'm also here for characters from more modern or futuristic universes making goofy yarr! talk like a pirate jokes that sail over his head.

Are cyborgs commonplace or remarkable in the universe Evolved Seth Rollins comes from?  Did he choose this (and if so, how informed was that choice?), or was it done to him?

If the two versions of Seth meet, it'd be fun if they were each at different points along their personal loyal & loved --> treacherous & cowardly --> inching toward redemption arcs, and accordingly distrustful of each other.

Shipping News: I'm here for the nominated characters with each other in any configuration. I'm generally willing to be sold on any non-incest ships (in kayfabe or out, so please no Nikki/Brie, Bray/Bo Dallas, Undertaker/Kane, etc.,), but if specific suggestions would help, I'm especially here for any of the nominated characters with various versions of Dean Ambrose or HHH or Charlotte, or for Roman with a Daniel Bryan and/or a Brie Bella, and Steph and Seth with some Nikki Bella.

Porn possibilities: Costume porn and half-clothed sex?  Femdom? Maybe some sensation play in a fic about what sex is actually like for Evolved Seth?

All the self-cest, please!  Characters finding it equal parts comforting and weird to be with someone who's familar with their body inside and out and knows what they like/need/can (and can't) handle. They're not all perfect mirrors, I imagine; exploring their surface differences - unique scars, variations in tattoos and other body modifications, etc. - could be sexy too.

Alternatively, characters feeling conflicted (or guilty about not feeling as conflicted as they think they probably should be) about seeking release/connection/etc. with people who look and sound and feel like their partner(s), but are not.  Or, the best/most disorienting of both worlds: group sex with parallel versions of both themselves and their lover(s).



In The End: I hope I haven't buried you under this mountain of tl;dr; I just really love the convenient excuse to ramble about my fandoms that exchange letters provide!  There are about a million things you could write that I'll be excited to read.  If you don't find the extra details above useful, then please disregard them; I mean them to be helpful, not stressful!  ♥
 
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Dear FemslashEx Gifter  
11:57am 16/08/2016
 
 
Applesauce Parker
You are awesome! Thank you for making me something about one of these relationships! I hope you'll enjoy making your assignment as much as I'll enjoy the finished product!

I love all of these fandoms and all of these women and ships and will love a gift about any of them, so if you already have an idea, then go for it; I know it will be as rad as you are! If a little detail from me will make things easier/more fun for you, then I'll ramble about fanwork in general and these particular fandoms/ships below:

Do-Not-Wants:
I'm fortunate not to have any triggers, but I do have a couple of back-button squicks that it would be great if you could avoid: romanticized/eroticized depictions of incest or rape are deal-breakers for me. If canon and/or the direction your work takes you include incest or rape, I'd prefer it not be depicted in great length or graphic detail. I'd prefer no a/b/o universes. I'm comfortable receiving fanwork of any rating, and if you're moved to porn, I'd prefer no sex that kinks on fear, extreme pain, or risk of death or maiming.

[General Likes for Fanworks of All Ratings]
Stuff I love, in general:
banter, found families, redemption narratives, missing scenes and tags/codas, gallows humor, h/c that's light on the 'hurt' and heavy on the 'comfort', characters playing poker, bedsharing (platonic or otherwise), women kicking literal and/or metaphorical ass, characters who own their mistakes (even if they can't seem to quit making them), double lives/secret identities, and hopeful, if imperfectly happy, endings. Most of my favorite stories could be distilled down to something like broken people make a home for each other and/or ragtag band of misfits save world, one another.

Shippy stuff I love:
UST - both one-sided pining and that dynamic where everyone acknowledges the attraction but has some reason for not pursuing anything further right now.  Flirting.  First times - both sexual and other day-to-day life stuff characters are experiencing for the first time as partners.  Domesticity, especially cooking with/for each other.  Partners in established relationships supporting each other through non-relationship drama.  Casual sex between characters who have respect and fondness for each other.  Friends-to-lovers.  Self-aware characters making self-destructive choices (i.e. knowing they're fucking up even as they're doing it and still not being able to stop themselves) about their relationships.  Consensual sex between characters who are antagonistic toward each other, whether that later becomes something warmer or remains a mistake they just keep making together.  Cuddling, hugs, forehead kisses and other little touches and casual gestures of physical affection.  Hair-washing and related grooming, partners sharing a bath/shower.


[Likes for Explicit Fanworks]
Porn notes:
I don't expect porn, but I am absolutely open to it.  If you go that route, these are some things I especially like:

A focus on the characters' emotions/sensations rather than a less-personal diagram of the sex act in question.  Non-penetrative sex.  Masturbation.  Voyeurism/Exhibitionism.  Praise-kink.  Light bondage (which, to me, means things like characters being held down by their partner(s) or using restraints that don't leave marks or require a lot of special props or advance planning).  Laughter, whether because things aren't going quite to plan or because the characters laugh together a lot, so why should sex be any different?.  Comfort sex.  Unexpected moments of vulnerability/gentleness between otherwise-antagonistic characters.

While I'm not into things that brush up against my general Do-Not-Wants from above (rape, incest, edgeplay, omegaverse), 24/7 D/s, or dirty talk/internal monologue that uses words that would be slurs in other contexts ("slut", "dyke", etc.), I'm otherwise open to kink if you think it'd be in-character for any of the character combinations below.


Fanart notes:I've requested fic or art in each fandom, and I worry that the prompts below skew fic-ish. :/  Please know that that's because I know what kind of details I find useful for writing, but lack that frame of reference for making art.  Broadly speaking, I love things like comics or faux movie posters/book covers, etc. or crossover pieces that put the characters of one fandom into the settings and/or costuming of another, as well as more traditional portraits or sketches.  Any snapshot of a moment of affection, tenderness, h/c, surprise, etc. between the characters in the ship we matched on would be a delight.

Fandoms! ♥
Fandoms are listed alphabetically below (+ crossover ships at the end), along with a little bit of rambling about what I find appealing about or would be especially interested in seeing explored for each requested ship.

[Banshee]
Banshee

Rebecca Bowman/Nola Longshadow - They're both trapped by the limited options their communities have allowed for them, and it's made them dangerous - to themselves as well as to everyone else.  I don't see them ever having (or wanting) a functional or long-term relationship, but can pretty easily see them blowing off steam with some periodic hatesex.  I'd be there for some consensual-but-fucked-up PWP set during that little bit where Nola and Alex were holding Rebecca for ransom.

Ana|Carrie Hopewell/Nola Longshadow - Daughters of powerful men who didn't do what they were 'supposed to' as younger women, living with their own choices (and somehow still stuck wading through wreckage their fathers left behind).  They had one scene together, where they had a kind of wry solidarity that I think would have become friendship  - and for fic purposes, more! - if we'd gotten to keep Nola, so an AU where she survives would be great, as would something canon-compliant, with Carrie mourning what might have been.

Veronica Dawson/Carrie Hopewell - Maybe Agent Dawson figures out about Carrie's new vigilante hobby pretty quickly, but hangs onto her secret for her - because she sympathizes? because it'll be handy to have someone handy with a lead pipe around if she can't officially solve these murder cases? because of all the secret lives she's uncovered, this one's the least disturbing?  For Carrie, it's mostly just a relief not to have to bullshit anyone about how she spends her nights..   

Rebecca Bowman/Juliet - An AU in which, when Rebecca gives Juliet and her kid a head's-up and a way out of town/Proctor's grasp, she lets herself be talked into the car alongside them.  They escaped together, and though they weren't friends at first, they stuck together out of necessity, and eventually find that something has grown between them.  Basically, all the peace and comfort and purpose Rebecca was never going to find in Banshee.

Veronica Dawson/Rebecca Bowman - An AU in which Dawson is sent to investigate the murders after the second victim, and incidentally crosses paths with Rebecca in the course of the investigation/her extracurricular activities, and knows about but doesn't intervene in Rebecca's newborn crime empire.  Alternatively, Rebecca literally or figuratively haunts Dawson during her time in Banshee.


[Fringe]
Fringe 

Olivia Dunham/Alternate Olivia Dunham - Honestly, just lots of tangled, messy feelings, no matter what else they're up to.  The two of them having to work together to save someone they both care about (Peter? Red-verse Charlie Francis? Either/both versions of Astrid or Lincoln?, etc.) and finding there's maybe something besides contempt there after all.  Red-verse Olivia spent so long successfully posing as our Olivia that she must think she knows all her moves; what happens when Olivia surprises her?  Blue verse Olivia keeps finding ways that the other Olivia wormed into her life; most of them hurt, but what if there were something nice, too; Olivia reaping the legacy of something kind/generous/thoughtful/etc. that Red verse Olivia did in her stead.

Olivia Dunham/Esther Figglesworth - These are the versions of Olivia and Astrid from the "Brown Betty" episode, so the tenacious, jaded Private Eye and her Girl Friday in a noir/magical-realism universe of Walter and Ella's story.  Feel free to play around/be meta with the narration and the episode's telling-a-story framing device, or to play that universe straight.  The two of them pining and/or getting together in the midst of working a case together?  H/C with Esther patching up Olivia's injuries and worrying about her?  Taking care of each other and going dancing?  I'd love some costume porn, whether or not they eventually take off all their beautiful clothes.


[Hart of Dixie]
Hart of Dixie

Lemon Breeland/Zoe Hart - One of my favorite parts of the series was their relationship moving gradually from disdain to grudging respect to supportive friendship, so I am absolutely here for extending that slow burn into a romantic partnership as well. I'd especially love to see them reminisce about their less-than-flattering first impressions of each other from a place of current deep affection. Stressing out so much about making their first time together perfect that it turns out tense and uncomfortable and bad; they freak out about it together, and the second time is waaay better.

Lemon Breeland/Annabeth Nass - Lifelong best friends becoming something more! I'd be here for something set preseries, with one or both not knowing what to do with feeling this way about her bff, or something during the series' run, each taking turns having the terrible timing to end up pining over a girl who's in a relationship. (I love Lavon and George too, so if Lemon and AB's various relationships with them are part of your work, I'd rather they were still solid dudes even though they turned out not to be the right romantic partners.) A happy ending, whether that looks like a quiet moment alone or a grand gesture involving the whole town, would be lovely!

Crickett Watts/Jaysene Charles - I think Crickett did what girls like her (pretty, from prominent/comfortable families i.e. stereotypical Belles) in Bluebell were expected to do at that time, and married an appropriate boy pretty young, so she doesn't have a lot of dating experience, period, let alone with other women. I'd love to see that play out in the various first times she and Jaysene have together. Long-distance relationship drama/fluff? Jaysene finding a home in Bluebell, too? One of them catching the bouquet at Lemon and Lavon's wedding?

Magnolia Breeland/Rose Hattenbarger - I'd like to see their paths cross outside of Bluebell - Mobile? New York? New Orleans? - (or perhaps back in Bluebell after some time away, like returning home for the summer after freshman year or post graduation) and find them surprised by each other. Maybe Magnolia's not quite as superficial as she always seemed to Rose when they were kids? Perhaps Rose is way less uptight than Magnolia gave her credit for?


[WWE & NXT]
World Wrestling Entertainment

One canon-specific DNW here: I'd prefer your work not include details of the performers' personal lives (especially romantic or family relationships with people who don't have a wrestling persona of their own) that haven't been incorporated into kayfabe.

Bayley/Charlotte/Sasha Banks/Becky Lynch - I ship every possible combination of Horsewomen, so feel free to focus on individual relationships within the OT4 if that's where your work takes you. I'm here for everything from get-together fluff at NXT to 'I hate how much I still want to kiss you' sneaky backstage hookups on the main roster. Being conflicted/bittersweet about fighting - and often specifically fighting each other - for the same title(s), and all their shared history good and bad to get here? Sasha and/or Charlotte protesting too much about definitely not actually liking or needing these losers she can't seem to stay away from? Bayley (still at NXT) or Becky (drafted to Smackdown) getting reassurance that her girls aren't going to forget her while she's separated from them? Celebrations - as fluffy or as smutty as you like - of call-ups, Title wins, or other milestones?

Becky Lynch/Natalya Neidhart - TBH, I am always here for kind, beautiful Becky Lynch getting her big heart broken by someone she thought cared for her (so feel free to go for any of the Becky ships in the tag set if they're calling out to you louder than the ones we've matched on). It's happened before, but Bex really thought this time would be different! /0\ Disillusioned Natty pushing Becky - violently - away because her idealism reminds her too much of herself once upon a time, and she doesn't want to be around to watch the business grind that out of Becky the way that it's worn on her?  Alternatively, unrepentant jerkbag Natty who thinks Becky's prettiest when she's crying?  (I'm cool with Natty's husband not being mentioned at all, or with a passing mention of their open relationship, but I'd rather not see Tyson vilified or have the whole piece kink on infidelity).

Dana Brooke/Emma - Evil girlfriends, being good to each other even while being absolutely terrible to everyone else! I'm here for anything from bonding over how much they both love 1)Dana's muscles, and 2)talking shit about the competition, to tender post-match h/c, to kinky displays of loyalty while they're apart, to PWP (especially involving Emma's goofy half-gloves!). I'm happy to have Charlotte/Dana - or even Emma/Dana/Charlotte - included if you're interested in those dynamics too.

Lana/Summer Rae - I was/am so bummed that such a small portion of the screentime devoted to last year's Rusev/Summer/Dolph/Lana angle was focused on Summer and Lana being fabulous and slashy with each other! I'm equally here for something where they ditch the dudes and take over the WWE universe together or just straightforward lockerroom hatesex PWP. If you're inclined toward porn, I'd love to see something that involves either or both of them kinking on Summer's trying to be Lana's double.

Asuka/Bayley - Something set during their feud? Lots of cultural/personal misunderstandings: Asuka awkwardly attempting to court/impress Bayley, and not quite seeing why it keeps going sideways, while Bayley's so preoccupied with being prepared/tough enough to meet Asuka in the ring again that she misses the ways Asuka's been trying to connect with her. The bittersweetness of figuring it out just before it's time for Bayley to leave Full Sail.

Bayley/Carmella - Call-up-related angst: how are they managing not being able to see and touch and hug each other whenever they want?, etc. Sharing candy and clothes. Former-hairdresser Carmella washing/trimming/styling/etc. her girl's hair (and/or Bayley doing the same for her so that Carmella gets to know how cared-for she makes everyone else feel). Friends-to-lovers with some pining and first kisses? Bittersweet goodbye (for a little while!) sex and/or emotional reunion sex?


[Crossover Ships (feat. characters from: MCU, Banshee, Fringe, Veronica Mars, Fallen London, SPN, The Good Wife))]
Crossover Ships

Olivia Dunham (Fringe)/Maria Hill (MCU) - There's got to be a lot of grey area, where it's not immediately clear whether any given weirdness is a Fringe event or aliens/supervillains (or who should be in charge of dealing with this particular set of corrupt/misguided mad scientists!), so I figure these two would cross paths a lot just sorting out jurisdiction, and that they would find a lot to like in each other, both being tenacious and competent and thorough, and funny when given the chance.  Given the canons they each come from, feel free to play around with versions of them from different universes.

Anastasia | Carrie Hopewell (Banshee)/Natasha Romanoff (MCU) - Both are beautiful, graceful, and deceptively combat-hardened, have successfully lived under multiple identities, and have connections to/murky history with unspecified/possibly-fictional Eastern European crime syndicates; perhaps their paths have crossed before?  Natasha, infiltrating Rabbit's organization (for reasons noble or otherwise) and finding herself unexpectedly wrapped up in the boss's daughter?  Sparring lessons? Job's cover was only the beginning, it's Natasha who helps Ana her keep her secrets.  Natasha needs to go to ground, and heads for Pennsylvania to be just a red-haired girl paying a visit to an old "sorority sister"; it's only after she gets to Banshee that she finds out how sideways Carrie's life has gone.     

Veronica Dawson (Banshee)/Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars) - Maybe they cross paths during Veronica's internship (or AU career) with the FBI?  They've both been exposed to a lot of grim, ugly stuff, and found different (not necessarily healthy) ways to cope. I'd be equally here for them being good for each other or being kind of a dysfunctional mess. Is VMars relocating to Neptune partly about breaking out of a pattern they've fallen into on the East Coast? Does Dawson come and look her up after her close call in Banshee, PA? Whatever the mood of the piece, lots of snark about the disgusting cuteness of their shared first name, please!

Ellen Harvelle (Supernatural)/Quiet Deviless (Fallen London) - Maybe Ellen's afterlife involves running a tavern in a vaguely unsavory corner of the Neath? Maybe one of her regulars is a beautiful, melancholy Quiet Deviless? Ellen playing out the 'An Intimate of Devils' storyline, perhaps with an alternate ending where she gets to keep her own soul - and the Quiet Deviless's heart?

Maria Hill (MCU)/Kalinda Sharma (The Good Wife) - Kalinda has allll the useful contacts; what if Maria's the person she can call at SHIELD or Stark Industries? Did they first cross paths in a superheroing issue or a legal case (or something that's a little of both)? Does Maria occasionally try to recruit Kalinda? Does Maria spend her rare vacation days letting Kalinda pour her tequila and take her to baseball games and kiss her stupid (while not talking about current events at all)?
 
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Dear Rarepairs Creator  
11:05am 22/06/2016
 
 
Applesauce Parker
You are awesome! Thank you for making me something about one of these relationships! I hope you'll enjoy making your assignment as much as I'll enjoy the finished product!

I love all of these fandoms and all of these combinations of characters and will love a gift about any of them, so if you already have an idea, then go for it; I know it will be as rad as you are! If a little detail from me will make things easier/more fun for you, then I'll ramble about fanwork in general and these particular fandoms/ships below:

Do-Not-Wants:
I'm fortunate not to have any triggers, but I do have a couple of back-button squicks that it would be great if you could avoid: romanticized/eroticized depictions of incest or rape are deal-breakers for me. If canon and/or the direction your work takes you include incest or rape, I'd prefer it not be depicted in great length or graphic detail. I'd prefer no a/b/o or mpreg. I'm comfortable receiving fanwork of any rating, and if you're moved to porn, I'd prefer no sex that kinks on fear, extreme pain, or risk of death or maiming.

[Likes and other general details]Stuff I love, in general:
banter, found families, redemption narratives, missing scenes and tags/codas, gallows humor, h/c that's light on the 'hurt' and heavy on the 'comfort', characters playing poker, bedsharing (platonic or otherwise), women kicking literal and/or metaphorical ass, characters who own their mistakes (even if they can't seem to quit making them), double lives/secret identities, and hopeful, if imperfectly happy, endings. Most of my favorite stories could be distilled down to something like broken people make a home for each other and/or ragtag band of misfits save world, one another.

Shippy stuff I love:
UST - both one-sided pining and that dynamic where everyone acknowledges the attraction but has some reason for not pursuing anything further right now.  Flirting.  First times - both sexual and other day-to-day life stuff characters are experiencing for the first time as partners.  Domesticity, especially cooking with/for each other.  Partners in established relationships supporting each other through non-relationship drama.  Casual sex between characters who have respect and fondness for each other.  Friends-to-lovers.  Self-aware characters making self-destructive choices (i.e. knowing they're fucking up even as they're doing it and still not being able to stop themselves) about their relationships.  Consensual sex between characters who are antagonistic toward each other, whether that later becomes something warmer or remains a mistake they just keep making together.  Cuddling, hugs, forehead kisses and other little touches and casual gestures of physical affection.  Hair-washing and related grooming, partners sharing a bath/shower.

Porn notes:
I don't expect porn, but I am absolutely open to it.  If you go that route, these are some things I especially like:

A focus on the characters' emotions/sensations rather than a less-personal diagram of the sex act in question.  Non-penetrative sex.  Masturbation.  Voyeurism/Exhibitionism.  Praise-kink.  Light bondage (which, to me, means things like characters being held down by their partner(s) or using restraints that don't leave marks or require a lot of special props or advance planning).  Laughter, whether because things aren't going quite to plan or because the characters laugh together a lot, so why should sex be any different?.  Comfort sex.  Unexpected moments of vulnerability/gentleness between otherwise-antagonistic characters.

While I'm not into things that brush up against my general Do-Not-Wants from above (rape, incest, edgeplay, omegaverse, mpreg), 24/7 D/s, or dirty talk/internal monologue that uses words that would be slurs in other contexts ("slut", "fag", etc.), I'm otherwise open to kink if you think it'd be in-character for any of the character combinations below.

Fanart notes:
I've requested fic or art in each fandom, and I worry that the prompts below skew fic-ish. :/  Please know that that's because I know what kind of details I find useful for writing, but lack that frame of reference for making art.  Broadly speaking, I love things like comics or faux movie posters/book covers, etc. or crossover pieces that put the characters of one fandom into the settings and/or costuming of another, as well as more traditional portraits or sketches.  Any snapshot of a moment of affection, tenderness, h/c, surprise, etc. between the characters in the ship we matched on would be a delight.



Fandoms! ♥

Fandoms are listed alphabetically below, along with a little bit of rambling about what I find appealing about or would be especially interested in seeing explored for each requested ship.


[Banshee]Carrie Hopewell/Gordon Hopewell - Early days: courtship at the diner, her pregnancy with Deva, his embracing fatherhood, the both of them building a different life than they'd expected, together.  Later, taking unsteady steps toward reconcilliation after they've both done things that screwed up the life they'd made.  Fix-it AUs that branch from the s3 finale and find them figuring it out and starting over again all over again.

Rebecca Bowman/Nola Longshadow - They're both trapped by the limited options their communities have allowed for them, and it's made them dangerous - to themselves as well as to everyone else.  I don't see them ever having a functional or long-term relationship, but I think they'd be pretty likely to blow off steam with some periodic hatesex.

Lucas Hood/Ana | Carrie Hopewell - As babies, sneaking around under Rabbit's watchful eye.  A little later, planning their escape & their future.  Pining and misery and bitterness during his time inside.  In Banshee, all the identity porn: little places where they slip between who they're supposed to be now and who they were before.

Lucas Hood/Siobhan Kelly - Early days, flirting and frank but not-yet-pursued attraction.  S2, all comfort sex and picking through each other's baggage.  S3, comfortable and content and just about too cute, even for all the dark secrets they continue to keep from (his identity) and with (avenging Emmett and Meg Yawners) each other.  Hood's continuing grief.  Fix-it AU where they escape the CADI and start over together.

Lucas Hood/Veronica Dawson - Post-series, in which he takes her up on her offer to look her up in DC - who is he now? is she the same person she was when she left Banshee?  The two of them dancing around each other, clever enough to see through each other's bullshit, but too intrigued to keep away either.  Stealing an hour's comfort together in the darkest part of S4.




[Hart of Dixie]Tansy Truitt/George Tucker - I've always liked George, but he never seemed like a good romantic partner until his relationship with Tansy.  I liked that they were both working on figuring out what they want/need out of life/relationships and on actually saying what those things are and making them happen.  They were also always cute and fun, especially with Dolly Parton on the scene.

Lemon Breeland/Lavon Hayes - I'd especially love future-fic or scenes from the s4 timeskips for these two: planning the wedding, little wedding day catastrophes that don't matter at all in the end, their first Sunday brunch as Mr. and Mrs. Mayor, babysitting TBD Kinsella and maybe beginning to think that babies are something they could do.  Mostly, after having their timing be so bad thoughout the series, with one or the other quietly pining away, I'd just like to see them happy together, whatever else you want to imagine them doing.

Lemon Breeland/Zoe Hart - One of my favorite parts of the series was their relationship moving gradually from disdain to grudging respect to supportive friendship, so I am absolutely here for extending that slow burn into a romantic partnership as well.  I'd especially love to see them reminisce about their less-than-flattering first impressions of each other from a place of current deep affection.  Stressing out so much about making their first time together perfect that it turns out tense and uncomfortable and bad; they freak out about it together, and the second time is waaay better.

Zoe Hart/Wade Kinsella - I'd especially love future-fic about these two: their first year as parents, visiting New York as tourists, being totally weirded-out to find themselves as the settled adults giving the benefit of their experiences to the kooky new kids in town.  I was also really into the parts of their relationship when they tried - and failed spectacularly - to be casual about each other.

Annabeth Nass/Joel Stephens - These two are great: good friends to the people they care about, unlucky in love but not too bitter to keep trying.  Clearly they didn't share much screentime in canon, so feel free to fill in those blanks: how did they become friends?  How scary is it to make the jump to being something more, especially given their track records?  (And how well that risk pays off for them this time!)



[MCU]Maya Hansen/Pepper Potts - An expansion of their hotel scene in the movie, bittersweet because we - and Maya - know what's coming, would be lovely.  I'd also love anything set in a fix-it AU in which they come together while a surviving Maya goes about trying to wash the blood off her hands and earn this second chance and Pepper deals with the lingering effects of her own Extremis experience.

Maya Hansen/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark - All the Maya-lives AUs, please!  They all three have baggage (guilt, trauma, shame, fear, etc.) following on from the events of the movie, and I'd love to see them helping each other through that even as they fight their own demons.  I'd especially like for Maya/Pepper and Maya/Tony to be significant in their own right rather than just an adjunct to the established Pepper/Tony.  Awkward-but-ultimately-good first-time sex?

Maya Hansen/Natasha Romanov - Yet again, all the Maya-lives AUs! The two of them working side-by-side to clear the red in their ledgers?  Also lovely would be something in which their paths cross before the events of the Iron Man movies, an undercover assignment bringing the Black Widow into Maya's lab and/or life?  The two of them touching each other in ways that continue to echo through their futures.

Riley/Sam Wilson - We know this one ends in pain, right?  I'd enjoy something set prior to Riley's death, whether they're already together or just on the cusp of beginning something or Sam is doing a little pining.  Something about Sam's grief and the loss of what might have been would also be lovely; sadness is a given here, but I'd prefer that fic set after Riley's death find Sam at least beginning to heal rather than being entirely bleak.

Natasha Romanov/Sam Wilson - Natasha is - has had to be to survive - good at being what/who other people want her to be; Sam wants her to be herself, which I imagine is simultaneously comforting and scary.  Sam has been through some shit himself and knows how important it can be to have a soft place to land, and wants to be that for her/them to be that for each other.  Sam sets a challenge for himself to make her laugh every day, and after a few false starts, it works; he's more surprised than he should be when she does the same for him.  Post-mission comfort sex?  Undercover-as-a-couple?

Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov/Sam Wilson - More of the time during the second movie when Steve and Natasha are on the run and hiding out at Sam's, or when they're planning/carrying out the Falcon-suit heist, or some fruitless mission to trail the Winter Soldier in the space between movies or any other situation that provides opportunities for danger/near-escapes, us-against-the-world, or moments of holy-shit-you're-brave/clever/strong/etc. to set off sparks between the three of them.  Any pair of them in an established relationship, realizing that they both want the third to join them as an equal partner (though I'm cool if it starts out as a casual sex thing that unexpectedly grows feelings).

Maria Hill/Sam Wilson - I like to believe that their interaction during the events of CA:TWS spun out into a deep and easy friendship - and that that's something neither of them have a lot of - so I'd especially like to see them fumbling around a little in making that transition from friends-to-lovers.  Alternatively, what begins as occasional casual sex for comfort or to blow off steam after stressful days becoming something heavier so gradually that they don't notice until they're both in deep.  Playful, sneaky sex in Maria's office at SI?

James "Rhodey" Rhodes/Sam Wilson - I feel like they would have a lot in common - their career backgrounds, flight, being pretty grounded even when their close friends are all larger-than-life in some ways, and, relatedly, being a source of emotional stability for those variously-traumatized friends - and probably hit it off pretty easily.  At first, I imagine a generally comfortable, lighthearted, low-drama (about the relationship itself; obviously drama from the rest of their lives would continue to happen around them) kind of feel from these two; feel free to set fic before or ignore the events of Civil War to keep that tone, or to pull in some angst from the events of/fallout from the movie while they try to decide whether/how to try to salvage things between them. Playful sparring turns into playful fucking?  Post-CW, figuring out new ways to make their sex life work.

Scott Lang/Sam Wilson - I'm here for both cheerful, chattery fun (bonding over the less-glamorous bits of vigilante superheroics and/or being the "normal" ones in their circles?) and picking each other up in more somber times (Sam dealing with lingering combat stress and/or grief? Scott afraid he's failing at being the dad his awsome kid deserves? etc.). Sam trusts Scott enough in Civil War to bring him in on their plans (and conversely, Scott trusts Sam enough to join in even though it'd be easier and safer to keep out of it); how'd that happen?  Surely not out of a single fight? I'd love to see how their relationship would've grown through some missing scenes set during/between movies.  H/C on the Raft? Affirming/adrenaline-fueled post-jailbreak sex?



[Veronica Mars]Leo D'Amato/Veronica Mars -  Deputy Leo was always my favorite of Veronica's canon love interests, in part because - at least in the beginning - he came with comparatively little baggage.  I'd love some more of that early, easy flirting, with Veronica feeling a little conflicted about using him (but still ultimately doing it). I'd also love to see them coming back together, sadder and wiser and sorting out their issues, a few years on: maybe he consults for her FBI team during the season 4 that never was?  maybe in an AU from the end of the movie that finds her single, but still reestablishing in Neptune? First-time sex... possibly followed by mortifying (though ultimately warm) morning-after breakfast with Keith?

Wallace Fennel/Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie - We saw these two interact off and on throughout the series as parts of Veronica's support network, and by the time the movie rolls around, it's clear that they're pretty close outside their relationships with Veronica.  I'm here for basically anything you want to show me about how that happened: what do they have in common besides that marshmallow Veronica Mars? What do they like about each other?  When do they grow closer? Are they in fact already together during the movie? (And if so, how long does it take Veronica to notice?)  If not, how does everything that happens in the movie lead one/both of them to making a move? Wallace being determined to learn how to give Mac her first orgasm (or at least the first with a partner) after her Cassidy-related trauma, and after some trial-and-error, succeeding!



[WWE/NXT]

One canon-specific Do-Not-Want here: I'd prefer your work not use the performers' real-life names or details of their personal lives or relationships that haven't already been incorporated into kayfabe.

Wesley Blake/Alexa Bliss/Buddy Murphy - I am legit distraught that these 3 have split up!  I am equally here for something set during happier times, with them being good to each other and absolutely terrible to everyone else, or for a good wallow in the angst.  The tension of their losing streak and feeling the thing they had slipping away without knowing how to reclaim it? Blake and Murphy floundering as they try to go back to what they were in the beginning after so long as Alexa's boys?  Alexa missing them despite herself, and finding them harder to replace than she'd bargained for? Each working alone and being kind of miserable? Bittersweet reunions in the ring or out? Angsty 'you know this doesn't change anything' sex?

Bayley/Finn Balor - I'm here for all the fluff about sweethearts being sweet to each other while benevolently ruling over NXT, and/or also for things to be made a little darker or tenser by the presence of the Demon: just how separate is it from Finn himself? does Bayley essentially have a distinct relationship with each of them? If so, how does she feel about that? (how does Finn?)  Shared frustration at being left behind by their peers/anxiety about being separated if they're called up at different points.  Bayley's partners are always surprised to find that she's the kinkier and/or more experienced one; there's a lot of stuff she's excited to explore with Finn.

Bayley/Carmella - As with all Bayley ships, I'm here for all the fluff about sweethearts being sweet to each other, and also for some angst around call-ups - who'll get there first? how will they manage not being able to see and touch and hug each other whenever they want?, etc.  Sharing candy and clothes.  Former-hairdresser Carmella washing/trimming/styling/etc. her girl's hair (and/or Bayley doing the same for her so that Carmella gets to know how cared-for she makes everyone else feel). Friends-to-lovers with some pining and first kisses?  Bittersweet goodbye (for a little while!) sex and/or emotional reunion sex?

Sasha Banks/Becky Lynch - Sasha tempting Becky to the heel-side at NXT.  Riding and rooming together across Florida - and vehemently denying to themselves/each other/the world that Team BAE is anything more than a strategic partnership. (Also, repeating/echoing that dynamic on the main roster during their time as reluctant allies against Team BAD.)  I ship them both individually and together with Charlotte, so feel free to have them use their relationships with her to rile each other up, or for her to bait them with unintended consequences.  Taking out their frustrations on each other in the ring and/or in each other's beds.

Roman Reigns/Bray Wyatt - Roman, converted to the Wyatt Family; yes, please!  Feel free to set this in an AU from previous times they've tangled in canon, or to speculate on what the future could look like for Roman, stripped of the title, feeling like a disappointment to family and fans alike, having wounded and lost Dean in ways he still doesn't understand - i.e. more isolated and vulnerable than he's ever been.  What does Bray see in/plan for Roman? What - besides sinister bragging rights - does he get out of this? What takes him by surprise about Roman?  How does Bray start to win him over?  When does Roman realize how deep he's in? I am 100% the sap who would eat up Roman's being saved by his Shield brothers + the power of love (plus, perhaps a conflicted Luke Harper?), but I'd also be happy to end on an unsettling horror note or something more ambiguous.

Cesaro/Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns - [Please note that this section is significantly longer than others not because I prefer it to any of the other 30-odd ships I've requested, but because, in the spirit of the fest, I wanted to take some care to differentiate the polyship from the relative juggernaut of Dean/Roman.]

I'm here for any degree of romantic involvement between/among these three, from casual (if angsty) threesome sex to a polyamorous V with Roman and Cesaro each involved with Dean and figuring out what their relationship to each other is/what they want it to be (ideally? warm, even if it stays wholly platonic) to a full three-way romantic relationship. Cesaro having ridden with the Shield appreciates/is moved by the gravity of Dean/Roman inviting a third person back into their bed and/or life after Seth.  Roman's shamefaced jealousy over Dean's going to Cesaro for what he needs (and Dean picking up/calling him on same) being the thing that finally catalyzes them to becoming something more than brothers-in-arms(; perhaps culminating in porn wherein Roman kisses over/presses into all the marks Cesaro just finished putting on Dean?)  Dean instigating for a threesome, ostensibly because look at you two; you know it'd be hot, but also because he knows they'd be good for each other in some of the same ways they're each good for him, like: Cesaro is lonely and cut off from his family far away, and Roman would fold him into his massive clan without thinking twice; Roman still isn't sure where he fits/if he belongs after having gotten here by such a different route than many of the roster, and nothing's more reassuring on that score than acceptance from the consummate professional and King of Wrestling, etc.

Cesaro/Seth Rollins - Rehabbing from their surgeries at the same time, keeping each other from drowning in bitterness, frustration, fear, pain, etc.  Meeting up backstage at 'Mania 32, while Seth is fleeing from the main event that he should be working, and Cesaro has been reminiscing about the Wrestlemania moments he had with Tyson (and Natty) last year.  Very careful comfort sex.  Appreciation for the changes in Seth's body from someone who's known him since he was a skinny, barely-legal kid in tiny trunks.

Cesaro/Dean Ambrose - On the surface, these two don't seem like they'd have much in common, but they come from the same places - bingo halls and armories and working in front of 30 people for figurative (and sometimes literal!) peanuts and not knowing for sure there's going to be grocery money coming in next week - and bring a lot of shared history.  Lots of inside jokes and casual affection and just soaking up the unexpected goodness of finding themselves here, stable and secure and in good company.  Alternatively, being there to prop each other up while circumstance and other people are breaking their hearts.  Dean making excellent use of Cesaro's tear-away suits, and Cesaro failing to be as irritated as he should.

Cesaro/Sami Zayn - Immensely cultured, multi-lingual, cosmopolitan men, and also enormous fucking dorks; please feel free to play up either/both angles or the contrast between.  My shipping of them began with the hug I will probably still be talking about on my deathbed, so I'd love a moment from during/shortly after that feud between justifiably arrogant shit-talker and actual human sunbeam.  Or later, comparing notes/surgical scars on their bum shoulders (and making out very gingerly?). In the present, they've already established that mutual respect/rapport and appeared as friends on the main roster, but Sami's fixation on Kevin Owens keeps costing Cesaro matches, I'd like to see Sami surprised when Cesaro boils over with frustration at all the things Sami fails to register when he's got his eyes fixed on Kevin.  (Author's choice on how/where this irritation manifests itself.)

Sami Zayn/Dean Ambrose - They each have a lot of baggage, but not with each other, and I really love the idea of them helping each other put all that bullshit/pain/frustration aside even if just for a little bit.  Dean recognizes the effect his innuendo and tiny, fragile tanktops are having on Sami "it's too... sexual" Zayn, and proceeds to (good-naturedly!) torment him, leaving him constantly flushed and flustered (and perhaps ultimately leading to semi-public sex backstage?).  Alternatively, the giant and obvious crush Dean's been nursing completely passes Sami by - seriously, how was he supposed to know?! Ambrose never even power-bombed him into anything or hid in the trunk of his rental! - until Roman (or Cesaro or Seth or anyone else they have in common!) is there, asking him (preferably in an appeal to Sami's bone-deep decency rather than as a shovel talk!) to be careful with Dean.

Dean and Sami are also the littlest, blackest dresses in my walk-in closet of wrestling ships, so feel free to mix and match with the other ships involving them in the tagset or to add other characters into the mix if you're so inclined (though I'd prefer John Cena and Jack Swagger not be invited to the party).  An 'I Like Sami Zayn' orgy to welcome him to the main roster? Yes, please!  Celebratory gangbang centered on World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose? Absolutely!



Thanks again for playing!  I hope your fest goes excellently! ♥
 
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Dear Purimgift-er  
07:50pm 13/01/2016
 
 
Applesauce Parker
You are awesome!  Thank you for making goodies for me!  I hope you'll enjoy playing in our shared fandom(s) as much as I'll enjoy your gifts!

Do-Not-Wants:
I'm fortunate not to have any triggers, but I do have a couple of back-button squicks that it would be great if you could avoid: romanticized/eroticized depictions of incest or rape are deal-breakers for me.  If canon and/or the direction your story takes you include incest or rape, I'd prefer it not be depicted in great length or graphic detail.  I'd prefer no a/b/o or mpreg.  I'm comfortable receiving fic of any rating, and if you're moved to porn, I'd prefer nothing that kinks on fear, extreme pain, or risk of death or maiming.

Stuff I love, in general:
banter, found families, redemption narratives, missing scenes and tags/codas, gallows humor, h/c that's light on the 'hurt' and heavy on the 'comfort', characters playing poker, women kicking literal and/or metaphorical ass, characters who own their mistakes (even if they can't seem to quit making them), double lives/secret identities, and hopeful, if imperfectly happy, endings.  Most of my favorite stories could be distilled down to something like broken people make a home for each other and/or ragtag band of misfits save world, one another.

Shipping News: I love gen fic a lot, but I'm also happy to receive fic about m/f, f/f, m/m, or poly relationships.  Feel free to sell me on any relationship in these fandoms that doesn't rely on abuse of power.

Especially relevant to this fest: If you're interested in exploring any canonically Jewish character's relationship to their faith/heritage (or writing as Jewish any character who doesn't canonically identify with another religious/ethnic/cultural tradition), I'm totally down for that!

If we matched on podfic: There's a blanket permission for related works in my AO3 profile, so feel free to record any fest-appropriate fic I may have written in these fandoms.  If you make podfic of a story that wasn't written by either you or me, I'd prefer it be done with the author's permission, and I'm happy to share the gift with the fic-author if that's part of your usual process for posting to the Archive.

Since I mostly seem to be falling for Yuletide-sized fandoms lately, I've requested 15 in hopes of making matching easier; I'll be delighted with fic in any of them!  In case you like to work from a prompt, I've tried to leave a general idea or highlight a character/element I love for each fandom:

[♥-♥-♥ Fandoms ♥-♥-♥]Banshee (TV) - One of the things I love about this show is its wallowing in identity porn: the tension between who the characters are now (Sheriff's Deputy, PTA-mom, gun-moll-in-training) and who they've been before (battered wife, safe-cracker, obedient Amish daughter), and the flashbacks that hint at the paths between the two.

Fast and the Furious Series -  Forced to choose a favorite, it would probably be Letty.  I love the unlikely found-family that forms throughout the series, and that in between outlandish capers, they all fall into these moments of easy domesticity.

Fringe - Every single version of Olivia Dunham is so brave and wonderful; and I love any time a character is confronted with the other-universe version of themselves or their loved ones.

Fullmetal Alchemist - I love the wealth of excellent female characters in this series; there is literally no one I wouldn't be pleased to read about.  The manga is my favorite canon source, but feel free to write from the 2003 anime if that works best for you.

Hart of Dixie - I love that the show's drama all comes from the web of character relationships that comes from living in a small town; my favorite parts are when characters who don't actually like each other all that much (even if just for the moment) come together for the greater community.  Zoe Hart is culturally Jewish but not religiously observant.

Hellblazer - One of the things I love about the HLB universe is that, in it, every kind of magic or myth or legendary creature or general weirdness can be true - and while that often turns out to be bad news for the humans involved, it can also be beautiful and uplifting.  I'd welcome OC's as gladly as canon characters here.

Life (TV) -  I love how Crews and Reese, though partnered under less-than-ideal circumstances, come to be an effective team, understanding each other's quirks, trusting each others' instincts, backing each others' plays.  I also love every last woman in the supporting cast.

Marvel Cinematic Universe - I'm especially partial to Maria Hill, and I continue to be endlessly fascinated by Maya Hansen, but there's nobody I don't like in this universe.  I especially like it when women from various slices of the shared continuity meet and have little moments of connection and understanding, or are shown to have on-going friendship, mentorship, or other relationships in the spaces between their plot-relevant appearances.  I haven't yet seen Agents of SHIELD past season 1 or the Daredevil or Jessica Jones series on Netflix, so I'm less familiar with any characters or plot-developments introduced in them, but am otherwise caught up on the various pieces of canon.

M*A*S*H - I especially love those times when the camp pulls together to help each other through bouts of homesickness or stir-craziness.  Tell me about Margaret and her nurses or feel free to use minor characters or OCs to show how Jewish characters might get through their day-to-day, holidays, or general coping-with-life-and-death in the 4077th.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (TV) - In Jafar, the show has a literal Evil Vizier, who spends his time persecuting the rest of the cast.  I love The Red Queen/Anastasia the most of all, but there's no character I don't adore.  I'm only passingly familiar with original-flavor OUAT, so there's a fair chance any crossover might go right over my head.

The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell -  This is my very favorite book, and I'd be delighted with any fic in its universe, but I'd especially love something about Sofia's recovering the faith of her childhood and carrying it with her to a new world.  (I have also read and loved the sequel Children of God if you're inclined to draw from its events and implications too.)

Sports Night - I love how the long hours and creative pressure of churning out the nightly broadcast make the cast/crew into a kind of family who love each other as often as they find each other exasperating.  I really loved the Seder scenes in "April is the Cruelest Month", so if you wanted to expand on that episode or explore other ways Dan or Jeremy (or even Eliot or Will)'s Jewishness effects the day-to-day at CSC.

Veronica Mars - I love Veronica at her clever, tenacious best and her suspicious, grudge-holding worst.  I'd especially enjoy something set in the time jump between the series finale and the movie or the season-four-that-never-was.

World Wrestling Entertainment - I especially love Stephanie McMahon as a gloriously-evil cartoon villain, and, really, any of the women on the NXT roster having adventures in the kayfabe universe.  If you're struggling for graphics ideas, I'd love some icons of any of these ladies.

World War Z - The book tells us some about how Israel meets the zombie apocalypse, but I'd also be interested in how Jewish communities in other parts of the world fare, or to hear more from any of the female survivors in the book, or any OCs you care to imagine.
 
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Dear Chocolate Box Creator  
07:43pm 02/01/2016
 
 
Applesauce Parker
You are awesome! Thank you for making something for me! I hope you'll enjoy playing in the fandom we've matched on as much as I'll enjoy the end result!

I love all of these fandoms and all of these characters/relationships and will love a gift about any of them, so if you already have an idea, then go for it; I know it will be as rad as you are! If a little detail from me will make things easier/more fun for you, then I'll ramble about my general likes and these particular fandoms/characters below:

Do-Not-Wants:
I'm fortunate not to have any triggers, but I do have a couple of back-button squicks that it would be great if you could avoid: romanticized/eroticized depictions of incest or rape are deal-breakers for me. If canon and/or the direction your story takes you include incest or rape, I'd prefer it not be depicted in great length or graphic detail. I'd prefer no a/b/o or mpreg. I'm comfortable receiving a gift of any rating, and if we've matched on a "/" relationship and you're moved to porn, I'd prefer nothing that kinks on fear, extreme pain, or risk of death or maiming.

[Other Details and General Likes for & or / Relationships]


Fanart notes:
I've requested fic or art in each fandom, and I worry that the prompts etc below skew fic-ish. :/  Please know that that's because I know what kind of details I find useful for writing, but lack that frame of reference for making art.  Broadly speaking, I love things like comics or faux movie posters/book covers, etc. or crossover pieces that put the characters of one fandom into the settings and/or costuming of another, as well as more traditional portraits or sketches.  Mostly what I'm here for are little moments of connection between the characters we matched on - a hug, a shared joke, a snaphot of where they'll be in five years or how they spent the time between scenes or installments of canon, etc. - whether you depict that through an illustration or a piece of prose.

Fanfic style-notes:
I don't have a dog in the past tense vs. present tense fight; I read, write, and enjoy both. I will always be a sucker for any kind of unusual narration: second-person, 1st-person plural, outsider POV, unreliable narrator, epistolary fiction, omniscient narrator, etc., etc., ad infinitum. But, third-person-limited is popular for a reason -and that reason is that it works!- so please don't feel pressured to try something you wouldn't have fun with. Just know that if you were thinking about experimenting, you'd find a receptive audience in me!

Stuff I love in every kind of relationship:
Banter. Found families. Second chances and atonement. Missing scenes and tags/codas. Bedsharing (platonic or otherwise). Gallows humor. H/C that's light on the 'hurt' and heavy on the 'comfort' (i.e. focusing more on the recovery than an injury itself; or with a cause of hurt that's not super-dramatic or life-threatening but enough to leave the character(s) feeling vulnerable/protective). Characters playing poker. Women kicking literal and/or metaphorical ass. Hugs, forehead kisses and other little touches and casual gestures of physical affection. Sarcasm used to disguise affection, anxiety, and other gooey emotions, especially where other characters see through that shoddy defense. Characters who own their mistakes (even if they can't seem to quit making them). Double lives/secret identities. Domesticity, especially characters cooking with/for each other. Hopeful, if imperfectly happy, endings. Most of my favorite stories could be distilled down to something like broken people make a home for each other and/or ragtag band of misfits save world, one another.



[General Shippy or Porny Likes for / Relationships]


Shippy stuff I love:
UST - both one-sided pining and that dynamic where everyone acknowledges the attraction but has some significant reason for not pursuing anything further right now. Flirting. First times - both sexual and other day-to-day life stuff characters are experiencing for the first time as partners. Partners in established relationships supporting each other through non-relationship drama. Casual sex between characters who have respect and fondness for each other. Friends-to-lovers. Fake relationships turning into real feelings. Self-aware characters making self-destructive choices (i.e. knowing they're fucking up even as they're doing it and still not being able to stop themselves) about their relationships. Consensual sex between characters who are antagonistic toward each other, whether that later becomes something warmer or remains a mistake they just keep making together. Hair-washing and related grooming. Partners sharing a bath/shower (both in a clearly-intended-to-be-sexy way and as a form of simple everyday intimacy).

Porn notes:
I don't expect porn, but I am absolutely open to it. If you go that route, these are some things I especially like:

A focus on the characters' emotions/sensations rather than a less-personal diagram of the sex act in question. Non-penetrative sex. Masturbation. Voyeurism/Exhibitionism. Praise-kink. Light bondage (which, to me, means things like characters simply being held down by their partner(s) or using restraints that don't leave lingering marks or require a lot of special props or advance planning). Laughter (whether because things aren't going quite to plan or because the characters laugh together a lot, so why should sex be any different?). Comfort sex. Phone sex. Unexpected moments of vulnerability/gentleness between otherwise-antagonistic characters. Bad sex (somebody doesn't get off - or gets off too early -, the new kink they've been excited to try out together turns out to feel silly or uncomfortable or otherwise unsexy to them in practice, etc.) that's still satisfying because of the characters' emotional connection.

I'm generally open to kink-fic, though I tend to prefer the more light-hearted/playful/experimental, tender, and affirming/praise-y end of the spectrum to things that involve more formalized or 24/7 lifestyle D/s, severe pain (which, to me, means more sustained/intense than a few slaps, hair-pulling, or fingernails or teeth that don't break the skin) or humiliation/degradation/depersonalization.



FANDOMS! ♥

My fandoms are listed below alphabetically, and if the herds of tl;dr associated with each one come in at different sizes, please know that's a function of how many characters made it into the tagset and not a reflection of different levels of enthusiasm. I love all of these fandoms to a truly ridiculous degree, and will be delighted with wherever we match!

[Hart of Dixie]

Hart of Dixie

Zoe Hart/Wade Kinsella - I'd especially love a scene from the future about these two and the family they're building, or missing scenes from Zoe's pregnancy, those times when they were pretending to be casual or keeping their relationship a secret, or their antagonistic flirting of early days.

Lemon Breeland/Lavon Hayes - Would also love a flashforward about these two - what kind of First Lady of Bluebell is Lemon? Lavon Hayes: good uncle or greatest uncle? - or missing scenes from their engagement or their pre-series relationship.

Lemon Breeland & Zoe Hart or Lemon Breeland/Zoe Hart - One of my favorite parts of the series was their relationship moving gradually from disdain to grudging respect to supportive friendship, so I'd love to see more of that.  I am absolutely here for extending that slow burn into a romantic partnership as well, though I'd prefer that be set in an AU or future setting where Zoe/Wade and Lemon/Lavon never reunited or are in open relationships or have separated amicably.  I'd especially love to see Zoe and Lemon reminisce about their less-than-flattering first impressions of each other from a place of current deep affection.



[Life]

Life

Charlie Crews & Dani Reese or Charlie Crews/Dani Reese - My favorite part of their relationship is the solidarity and deep trust between them, even though their partnership began under less-than-auspicious circumstances, and I think that works whether their relationship is a platonic partnership or a romantic ship or anywhere in between. Given that the show was cancelled way too soon, I'm always, always here for post-series scenes about these two.  I'd also be here for a missing scene from any of the existing episodes or anything that sees them in each other's homes (we saw Reese's place only briefly; what's the rest of it like? does she give Crews shit about his empty museum of a house or kind of get it/like it?) for any reason you like: investigating a break-in? actually just chilling off-duty? being each other's ride home after minor surgery, whether for a scary police-work-related injury or something more mundane?



[MASH]

M*A*S*H

Margaret Houlihan & Hawkeye Pierce or Margaret/Hawkeye Pierce - I really love the arc through the series that finds them going from petty antagonists who constantly irritate each other to colleagues who understand and respect and like (and still sometimes irritate) each other. Post-war reunions? Down-time at Rosie's? Punch-drunk at the end of a massive wave of wounded?

Peg Hunnicutt/B. J. Hunnicutt - A view of the war from back home? Letters exchanged, reading between the lines?  Something set post-war about any differences between the B.J. who left and the Captain Hunnicutt who came back?

Erin Hunnicutt & Hawkeye Pierce - What kind of relationship do they have - is he "Uncle" Hawk? Did he also write her letters during the war, telling her tall tales about her dad? Or from Crabapple Cove, correspondence a habit he couldn't break after the war?

Though I didn't request B.J./Hawkeye, I'd be fine with it  appearing in the background of something about the relationships between Hawkeye and the Hunnicutt family.



[MCU]

MCU

Maya Hansen Character Sets (Maya Hansen/Pepper Potts, Maya Hansen/Natasha Romanov, Maya Hansen/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark) - I find Maya's arc through IM3 - from her early idealism, through a series of insidiously gradual compromises, and to her 11th hour opposition to Killian - really moving. I'd love to see a missing scene with Pepper that informs her choices later in the movie. I'd also love a fix-it in which she survives, recovers from the exposure to Extremis, and gets a chance at redemption, in good company with people who have similar experiences (Pepper with Extremis; Natasha or Tony with atonement). Though they're not part of the tagset, I'd be cool with the "&" version of these relationships as well.

Sam Wilson Character Sets: Sam is probably my favorite character in the MCU; I love that, for all that he's also an action hero, he is good at and finds meaning in taking care of people/helping them take better care of themselves. He didn't come from extraordinary circumstances, but still steps up when he can be of service.

Sam Wilson & Riley or Sam Wilson/Riley - Backstory! Partnership and camraderie. Grief, and learning how to live around your losses.

Natasha Romanov & Sam Wilson, Natasha Romanov/Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers & Natasha Romanov & Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov/Sam Wilson - I'm here for any combination of romantic or platonic relationships between Sam and Natasha and/or Steve, including any variations that aren't in the tagset. I liked seeing them come to trust/rely on each other throughout the movie, and would like to see more of that, whether it's counting on each other for backup under fire or letting each other see their private selves in their downtime.

Sam Wilson & Maria Hill or Sam Wilson/Maria Hill - Professional, resourceful, suffers-fools-poorly Maria Hill is also my favorite! I like to think that the dire circumstances they met in bonded them pretty quickly, and that given time to breathe between canon installments, they also find that they get on well/just plain like each other even beyond that shared experience.



[WWE]

WWE

Canon-specific DNW: I'd prefer your gift not use the performers' real-life names or details about their families or personal lives that have not already been incorporated into kayfabe.

Dean Ambrose Character Sets: Two of my favorite things are when wary, twitchy Dean lets himself be vulnerable to somebody and that risk pays off (ideally, in forehead kisses!) and when he surprises someone by being wiser/more empathetic/more people-smart than they'd have given him credit for.

Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins - I'm here for any and all romantic or platonic relationships among the Shield, including the & or / variations that aren't in the tagset. I love the Shield storyline so much for the journey from rivals to found-family, through Seth's heel-turn and related hurt to where they are now, doing their own things, but still linked.  I'm equally here for lighthearted warmth and comfort, angsty wallowing in betrayal/anger and any of the tangled-up feelings in between. The three of them learning to be partners in and out of the ring? Shield-era friction with Roman? Present-day easy affection between them? Shield-era Seth's growing frustration? A future reconcilliation?

Dean Ambrose & Cesaro or Dean Ambrose/Cesaro - I like to see Dean reaching out and connecting with people who weren't wrapped up in the Shield and its attendant baggage.  Cesaro is debonair and well-tailored, where Dean is eccentric and scruffy and I like to see where they're alike and how they fit together.

Sami Zayn Character Sets: Actual human sunbeam Sami Zayn is as decent a person as he knows how to be, even when that's a struggle, even when he falls short of the mark, and I think he has an interesting dynamic with pretty much everyone.  Even though they're not in the tagest, I'd be cool with the & version of these ships too.

Cesaro/Sami Zayn
- Rivalry-becoming-respect-becoming-affection!  Solidarity through loss and disappointment.

Finn Balor/Sami Zayn - LEGOs! Sunny sweethearts who struggle with the temptation to take the shortcuts and what it would cost to take them.

Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn - Babies, making big plans together.  More recently, dealing (often poorly!) with their hurt/disappointment/bitterness/other sticky emotions about those plans having fallen through so catastrophically.

Tyler Breeze/Sami Zayn - The Mayor of Gorgeoustown appalled at how important it's become to him to prove himself against an uggo in a terrible hat. Sami equal parts amusement and pity at how wrapped up Tyler is in keeping up appearances.


Bayley/Sami Zayn
- The two sweetest people on the roster - and perhaps the planet! - supporting each other through adversity and/or engaging in all the cheerful fluff. Like Sami wearing her merch!

Bayley Character Sets: Kindness is not weakness. Bayley has made it to the top without compromising who she wants to be along the way.

Sasha Banks & Charlotte & Becky Lynch & Bayley - I'm cool with any combination of & or / relationships among the Four Horsewomen that you'd care to write. Bayley's feelings about being left behind in NXT: lonely maybe, but perhaps also proud to be Champion and excited to be the division's elder stateswoman? NXT era roadtrip shenanigans? The four of them coming together as a unit, even though they are obviously also still rivals; Bayley winning the affections of the other three, who've all been mean, nasty heels before.


Bayley & Carmella
- The Hugster and the Princess of Staten Island take over the World - or at least Orlando! Bayley grooming Carmella to be her successor! Both of them feeling bittersweet over their eventual separation when Bayley's called up? I'm also happy to see the / version of this relationship if that's where your gift takes you.


Bayley & Kevin Owens
- Bayley is so great even professional murderous grouch KO can't bring himself not to like her. What do they talk about? What do they initially bond over?



/0\ I know this is ludicrously long, but please know that that's just because I am the dork who really enjoys writing letters (and has lots of boilerplate to recycle!) and not because I have unreasonable expectations for you!

I mean for this rambling to be helpful not stressful to you, so pay it exactly as much mind as will make things more fun for you, even if that's none at all. Happy Chocolate Boxing! C:
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Applesauce Parker
You are awesome! Thank you for writing for me! I hope you'll enjoy writing your story as much as I'll enjoy reading it!

I love all of these fandoms and all of these characters and will love fic about any of them, so if you already have an idea, then go for it; I know it will be as rad as you are! If a little detail from me will make things easier/more fun for you, then I'll ramble about fic in general and these particular fandoms/characters below:

Do-Not-Wants:
I'm fortunate not to have any triggers, but I do have a couple of back-button squicks that it would be great if you could avoid: romanticized/eroticized depictions of incest or rape are deal-breakers for me. If canon and/or the direction your story takes you include incest or rape, I'd prefer it not be depicted in great length or graphic detail. I'd prefer no a/b/o or mpreg. I'm comfortable receiving fic of any rating, and if you're moved to porn, I'd prefer nothing that kinks on fear, extreme pain, or risk of death or maiming.

[General Likes & Other Details]Stuff I love in every kind of fic:
Banter.  Found families.  Second chances and atonement.  Missing scenes and tags/codas.  Bedsharing (platonic or otherwise).  Gallows humor.  H/C that's light on the 'hurt' and heavy on the 'comfort' (i.e. focusing more on the recovery than an injury itself; or with a cause of hurt that's not super-dramatic or life-threatening but enough to leave the character(s) feeling vulnerable/protective). Characters playing poker.  Women kicking literal and/or metaphorical ass. Hugs, forehead kisses and other little touches and casual gestures of physical affection.  Sarcasm used to disguise affection, anxiety, and other gooey emotions, especially where other characters see through that shoddy defense. Characters who own their mistakes (even if they can't seem to quit making them). Double lives/secret identities.  Domesticity, especially characters cooking with/for each other.  Hopeful, if imperfectly happy, endings. Most of my favorite stories could be distilled down to something like broken people make a home for each other and/or ragtag band of misfits save world, one another.

Shipping News:
I love gen fic a lot, but I'm also open to stories that include m/f, f/f, m/m, and poly relationships.  I'd prefer not to receive Character/Reader self-insert fic or fic primarily focused on Canon Character/Original Character romance, but where canon characters are concerned, I generally don't have a lot of SRS BZNS unbreakable ships (so feel free to sell me on any relationship that doesn't rely on abuse of power!). I'll also try to give you an idea of any ships I have strong feelings about in the fandom-specific sections below.

Shippy stuff I love:
UST - both one-sided pining and that dynamic where everyone acknowledges the attraction but has some significant reason for not pursuing anything further right now.  Flirting.  First times - both sexual and other day-to-day life stuff characters are experiencing for the first time as partners.  Partners in established relationships supporting each other through non-relationship drama.  Casual sex between characters who have respect and fondness for each other.  Friends-to-lovers.  Fake relationships turning into real feelings. Self-aware characters making self-destructive choices (i.e. knowing they're fucking up even as they're doing it and still not being able to stop themselves) about their relationships.  Consensual sex between characters who are antagonistic toward each other, whether that later becomes something warmer or remains a mistake they just keep making together.  Hair-washing and related grooming.  Partners sharing a bath/shower (both in a clearly-intended-to-be-sexy way and as a form of simple everyday intimacy).

Porn notes:
I don't expect porn, but I am absolutely open to it.  If you go that route, these are some things I especially like:

A focus on the characters' emotions/sensations rather than a less-personal diagram of the sex act in question.  Non-penetrative sex.  Masturbation.  Voyeurism/Exhibitionism.  Praise-kink.  Light bondage (which, to me, means things like characters simply being held down by their partner(s) or using restraints that don't leave lingering marks or require a lot of special props or advance planning).  Laughter (whether because things aren't going quite to plan or because the characters laugh together a lot, so why should sex be any different?).  Comfort sex.  Phone sex.  Unexpected moments of vulnerability/gentleness between otherwise-antagonistic characters. Bad sex (somebody doesn't get off - or gets off too early -, the new kink they've been excited to try out together turns out to feel silly or uncomfortable or otherwise unsexy to them in practice, etc.) that's still satisfying because of the characters' emotional connection.

I'm generally open to kink-fic, though I tend to prefer the more light-hearted/playful/experimental, tender, and affirming/praise-y end of the spectrum to things that involve more formalized or 24/7 lifestyle D/s, severe pain (which, to me, means more sustained/intense than a few slaps, hair-pulling, or fingernails or teeth that don't break the skin) or humiliation/degradation/depersonalization.

Stylistically: I don't have a dog in the past tense vs. present tense fight; I read, write, and enjoy both. I will always be a sucker for any kind of unusual narration: second-person, 1st-person plural, outsider POV, unreliable narrator, epistolary fiction, omniscient narrator, etc., etc., ad infinitum. But, third-person-limited is popular for a reason -and that reason is that it works!- so please don't feel pressured to try something you wouldn't have fun with. Just know that if you were thinking about experimenting, you'd find a receptive audience in me!

Spoilers & Jossing: You can assume that I've consumed the full canon and/or will be keeping up with ongoing installments for any of these requests, so please don't worry about spoiling me.  For any of the fandoms that will be releasing new installments between now and reveals, please don't worry if canon takes a zig where your fic anticipated a zag; I'd rather read the divergent fic you're excited to write than a story that less-enthusiastically incorporates some November plot twist.

AUs & Crossovers: I'd prefer that your fic be set in the canon universe of each fandom (with the exception of the Immortals game, where playing with AUs is the whole point!), but I'm always up for "What if [canon event] had gone differently?" divergent AUs.  I'd also generally prefer crossover characters or settings not play a prominent role in your fic, though for NXT, I'd be cool with references to or small roles for visiting or returning characters from the wider universe.




FANDOMS! ♥

My fandoms are listed below alphabetically, and if the herds of tl;dr associated with each one come in at different sizes, please know that's a function of my tendency toward "any" requests and how many characters made it into the tagset and not a reflection of different levels of enthusiasm. I love all of these fandoms to a truly ridiculous degree, and will be delighted with wherever you end up writing for me!

[Banshee - Lucas Hood, Siobhan Kelly]Banshee - Lucas Hood, Siobhan Kelly

In order to match with me, you'd have had to offer both characters or "any", but I'm also perfectly happy for your fic to be about either of them individually.  Feel free also to include other characters (nominated or not).

You're probably looking up at my DNWs and wondering how I even watch this show, let alone love it as much as I do.  /0\  Basically, I was already a goner for it by the time I encountered the things that've made me nope out of other media.  Pretty much anything you want to write for this show - short of incest ship-fic - will be met with delight from me.  If more specific ideas will help:

I especially love flashbacks! I'd love little bits of backstory or missing scenes, like the fic equivalent of the Origins shorts.  Younger Hood working a con with Job and/or Ana?  Younger Siobhan, lost and haunting the Forge?  Hood in solitary?  Deputy Kelly's first shift in uniform?

I'd love to see more of Siobhan making unexpected connections with women from the show's other subplots (I bet she and Cat Moody would have some stuff in common!  Banshee's a small town; she and Carrie must have crossed paths in their day-to-day before Hood rolled into town!).  Hood juggling the sheriff-ing business that (especially in season 2) becomes increasingly real to him with all of the less-than-upstanding ways he spends his days.

Season 3 was really hard on me in terms of losing characters I loved, so I would love something about the surviving characters' grief: More of Hood's mourning Siobhan, alone or in good company. Hood and Lotus's revenge road-trip. Hood's relationship with Deva (and Max and Carrie?) in the wake of Gordon's death.

Five Times fic that pulls from multiple time-periods (and/or identities!) could be delicious!  Five Times Lucas Hood Pretended to be a Dad!  Five Times Siobhan Didn't Take Good Advice! Five Times They Talk About Their Scars, set throughout the series as they learn more of each other's secrets? etc.

Or alternatively, all the fix-it AUs: Siobhan and Hood both leave the Cadi alive and start a new life together somewhere else and everything is beautiful and nothing hurts lots of things hurt, but they're still breathing through it together.

I received really lovely fic in this fandom in a previous exchange, but if I had my way, Banshee would be too big for small-fandom exchanges ten times over, so I will always, always welcome more. The show is one of my recurring requests, so feel free to include any other characters (nominated or not), or pull from the prompts/rambling in previous exchange letters if you'd like

Shipping News: I ship these two like burning, though I'm also happy to read them paired with others (Hood/Ana and either of them /Rebecca would be especially RTMI), or for gen about them individually or together.

Porn possibilities: In canon, they start with comfort sex, and I'm 111% here for more of that.  Shower sex or other comfortable domestic scenes set during that part of early s3 where they were absurdly cute and content together or from a fix-it-AU future.  Sneaky we-shouldn't-be-doing-this sex in the Sheriff's office at the Cadi during an interminable/uneventful night shift.


[Hart of Dixie - any (tagset includes: Lavon Hayes, Lemon Breeland, Wade Kinsella, Zoe Hart)]

Hart of Dixie - any (tagset includes: Lavon Hayes, Lemon Breeland, Wade Kinsella, Zoe Hart)

This show just made me vanilla happy on a week-in, week-out basis.  Silly and heartfelt and warm and surprisingly snarky, and I miss it so much!  It's also my perennial small/rare exchange request, and I've been fortunate to receive really lovely pieces of fic for it in multiple past exchanges; rest assured that I'd be thrilled to read about three million more stories about these characters.  In addition to the prompts below, anything I've mentioned in previous exchange letters would be excellently welcome!

My favorite parts of the show are when characters who don't actually like each other that well (or just aren't on speaking terms at the moment!) pull together to help a mutual friend or for the greater good of Bluebell and/or a zany/revered town event.  I love that everyone in Bluebell is connected - whether they want to be or not - the weekly and on-going plots all spin out of character relationships, sometimes romantic, but just as often friendship or family or partnership or rivalry.  Feel free also to include any other character(s) you like (nominated or not ); literally the only character I don't love is George's mother, and even she makes a great foil.

One of the things I miss most about the show is the web of warm and supportive (even if they started out prickly) relationships between all the characters, so I'd love some cozy friendship/family (of birth or choice or both) fic about any 2 or more characters in Bluebell.  I really loved the arc through the show that saw Lemon and Zoe move from petty rivalry through to grudging mutual respect and into something that looks suspiciously like deep and genine friendship in the end.  And Lemon and Wade's friendship - having known each other as vulnerable small-town teenagers and grown apart and then back together during their time as damaged adults who don't have so much in common on the surface - was always important to me.  As were Lavon's friendships with Zoe and Wade both and the way they all juggled loving and supporting each other through all those times when Zoe and Wade's romantic trials might have tanked less valued friendships.

I'm still kind of heartbroken to know that we'll never get to spend any more time with these characters, so one of the things I'd really love is future-fic: Wade and Zoe's first anniversary/TBA Kinsella's first birthday party.  Lemon/Lavon, Zoe/Wade, A-B/George getting together for brunch; it happens, like, semi-annually, and no one is allowed to miss it!  Zoe, Wade, and family visit her mom in New York, and Zoe realizes/makes peace with the fact that she's become a tourist. Wade, surprised and uplifted by how good he is at/feels about fatherhood.  Lemon and Lavon babysitting and making plans of their own.  Or any other future timestamp featuring any of these characters!

There were also some time jumps in season 4 that I'd love to get missing scenes from: the middle stages of Zoe's pregnancy (maternity-clothes-related woe!  people touching her belly all the time, god! supervising Wade and Lavon in the construction of nursery furniture!, etc.); the run-up to Lemon and Lavon's wedding (ways it's different from the one that didn't happen with George? bachelor/ette parties gone awry! everyone's speeches at the reception! what happens when, say, Jaycene catches the bouquet?, etc.).  Or anything else you wish the show hadn't skipped!

Shipping News: I'd rather not receive Zoe/George (though references to an unsuccessful past relationship would be fine, and I do love George on his own or paired with anyone not-Zoe, so I'd prefer not to see him bashed) or Zoe/Lavon (because I love their friendship exactly as-is).  I was really happy with the show's endgame pairings, so I'd prefer none of them be broken up in future!fic, but I also enjoyed every other relationship the nominated characters had in canon, so feel free to write any of those pairings in fic set at earlier points in the timeline.

Porn Possibilities: First times.  First-time-in-a-long-time reunion sex.  Lazy Saturday morning we-got-all-the-time-in-the-world sex.  I-need-you-now-but-there-are-houseguests-so-we-have-to-be-quiet sex.



[Hummingbird | Redemption (2013) - any (tagset includes: Joey, Cristina)]

Hummingbird | Redemption (2013) - any (tagset includes: Joey, Cristina)

One of the things I love about this movie is that it's about trauma and recovery (imperfect, marginal, and plagued by setbacks as the latter may be).  Another thing I love about it are all the ways it plays on identity: there's Joe Smith, damaged AWOL soldier; Crazy Joe, homeless alcoholic with debilitating PTSD symptoms; Joey the artist's-model/boytoy; Joey Jones, gangster, and shades in between where they overlap.  And Cristina has a similar set of personas, as a Sister with glasses and severe hairstyle, a girl in a red dress who gets drunk on a little champagne, a ballet-patron shutting the door on her "crazy patch".

I'd love a story set during the weeks/months elapsed in the movie where either or both of them have near-misses and almost "blow their cover", as it were.  I'd also love just a day-in-the-life with Cristina's successes and failures at the mission or Joey's errands for Choy.

In the scene where Joey and Cristina talk in the mission van, it's still dark when he offers to drive, but well past dawn when they pull up at the Convent's gates.  I'd love to read the missing scene that covers those small morning hours - do they talk more? what about? do they stop and do something or just drive all night long?

If you were inclined to write future fic that ignores (or posits a non-incarcerated future following on from) the discovery and arrest that are implied to come after the credits roll, then I'd love to see them building a life that lets Cristina help others without denying herself all kindnesses or delights and allows Joey to take care of other people and himself simultaneously.

Shipping News: I do absolutely ship these two, but I'd also be delighted with gen about them both or either of them individually.

Porn possibilities: I'd especially like something that fills in some details of their mostly-offscreen encounter in Damon's apartment.  I don't particularly kink on celibacy/Cristina-as-a-nun, but something focused on this as her first consensual sexual experience and his attention to making it pleasurable for her with that knowledge would be lovely.  Something bittersweet, in that they've both already decided that this is the last day of their "crazy patches", and so, both a first and last time together would also be great.


[NXT - any (tagset includes: Aiden English, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Baron Corbin, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Blue Pants, Bull Dempsey, Chad Gable, Charlotte, Colin Cassady, Corey Graves, Dana Brooke, Devin Taylor, Emma, Enzo Amore, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Jason Jordan, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks, Simon Gotch, Tyler Breeze)]

NXT - any (tagset includes: Aiden English, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Baron Corbin, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Blue Pants, Bull Dempsey, Chad Gable, Charlotte, Colin Cassady, Corey Graves, Dana Brooke, Devin Taylor, Emma, Enzo Amore, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Jason Jordan, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks, Simon Gotch, Tyler Breeze)

Canon-specific DNW: What I'm looking for out of wrassling fandom is fic about the characters of my favorite soap-opera-with-superkicks, rather than RPF about the performers, so I'd prefer your story not include the wrestlers' real-world identities or elements of their personal lives or relationships that have not been incorporated into kayfabe.

I'm delighted by the large slate of characters nominated! I'll ramble a little about everyone below, but for starters, here are a couple of catch-all prompts that you can swap any combination of characters into:

Car trouble or inclement weather strand the wrestlers of your choice at a Waffle House off a rural stretch of Interstate; hijinks and/or bonding ensue.

Pro wrestling is an international community, and the NXT roster is a reflection of that.  I'd love a story about homesickness and culture shock and finding/making a new space/life/family for yourself far from the place where you began, centered on any character(s) not originally hailing from the U.S.

Corey Graves has a unique perspective on the rest of the roster; I'd love any bit of insight he might have/vulnerability he might pick up on about any of the other characters from the announcetable.  I find Corey's transparent crush on Tyler Breeze so charming, and his commentary certainly invites us to ship him with anyone and everyone (except Enzo!  Corey would never!  unless maybe he would? what would that look like?), so please do!

Dana Brooke may not be the very best and brightest at reading her opponents, but she knows exactly what she's doing where Devin Taylor is concerned.  Given that Devin has just been released, we'll now never get the moment in the show where Dana reaches to pat her head and Devin just snaps, I'd love to read the fic version, especially if it involves hatesex and/or a goodbye that's both bitter and unexpectedly sweet.

Aiden English and Simon Gotch struggling to maintain their chivalrous standards in the face of tiny, dastardly Alexa Bliss has been my favorite part of their current feud.  How did they team with Blue Pants?  Was she the first secret weapon they tried to recruit? Did she approach them first?

I sort of expected Charlotte and Becky Lynch would feud after the screwy finish to the Number One Contender's match before Takeover:Rival.  On a meta level, I know that probably didn't happen because there wasn't time before they were both headed to the main roster as allies, but I'd love to read something set in kayfabe during that in-between time that finds the two of them coming to an understanding.  I've been shipping them pretty hard lately, so please feel free to include them growing unanticipated feelings for each other, too.

Prince Pretty takes it on himself to help Bull Dempsey find more flattering ring gear.  It's not that Tyler likes the guy or anything; he just doesn't want to spend so much time in the ring with a total uggo.  Obviously.  Bull is indulgent - truth be told, he kinda enjoys modeling for the Mayor of Gorgeoustown - about the process, even if he ultimately keeps his own look.

Baron Corbin (poorly-kept!) secret-werewolf is always a fun time!  I also love the idea of friendship (and/or romantic ship) fic about gruff, dour Baron and any of the more overtly cheerful or outgoing characters: Bayley!  Sami Zayn!  babyface Finn! Cass & Enzo! etc.  Also, he and Alexa Bliss being smug, self-satisfied heels together!

Sami Zayn, actual human sunbeam and light of my wrasslin' nerd life, has been having a tough year. Feel free to to wallow in the angst of his having finally won the title, only to meet Kevin's terrible betrayal, and the ensuing months of convalescence and hurt feelings leading in to Rival (and/or the same following on from that Title bout). Or, more light-heartedly, people who love Sami in less-complicated ways than Kevin - Bayley! Finn!  Enzo & Cass! even Tyler or Corey! - taking care of him, in the form of waiting for him in the ER/physical therapist's or making him mixed-tapes/playlists (even though their musical tastes aren't exactly aligned) or conning him into going out and doing things with them so that he's not just stewing and pushing himself too hard in training/rehab or lots of comfort sex, or really any other thing you see fit.

For Kevin Owens, I'd love to see his side of Sami's two-month Title reign and/or his own run with the belt, all simmering resentment and deep denial about how he feels about Sami and what he's done. What happens when their paths cross outside the ring these days? I'd also love flashbacks to points in their long history where things were easier between them or where Kevin's bitterness had just begun to creep up on him. On a lighter note, we also have photographic evidence that even (wishes-he-were-)heartless Owens can't hate Bayley; tell me about an unlikely friendship between them.

One of the little things that I love about NXT is that it contains rather more hugging than you'd generally expect from a wrassling show.  Quite a few of them come from Bayley, whose boundless enthusiasm and warmth never undercut her credibility as a serious competitor in the ring.  I especially like to see her play off against someone a bit cooler, a touch more cynical - Charlotte! Sasha Banks! and I've been really into her hopefully not-yet-finished angle with bitter, heelish Emma - , having them gradually, even grudgingly, won over into respect and affection.  Alternatively, supportive friendships (and/or romantic ships) between Bayley and other babyfaces - Sami! Finn! Carmella!  Bull!, etc. Bonding with Asuka over how fun it is to wear streamers (and how satisfying to prove wrong the people who've underestimated you)?  Even Tyler Breeze helping her design her red-caped gear for Respect?

Talk to me about the nature of Finn Balor's demon: does the act of getting painted up summon it, somehow, or is it always there with him under the surface?  How much control does he retain over himself once it surfaces? Alternatively, all the fluff or smut or h/c related to someone(s) he trusts helping to apply or remove the body-paint!

Tell me all about Hideo Itami's Wrestlemania weekend!  Who was waiting to celebrate with him behind the curtain?  Who spirited him away from the media for pancakes and a few minutes' peace in the middle of everything? Tell me about the frustration and worry spinning out from the attack on him before the Triple Threat with Tyler and *ominous chord* Finn? (Even if the show eventually picks up this story thread, feel free to write a divergent take.)

What was it that convinced Chad Gable that he and Jason Jordan were going to be such a great team and kept him persistent through all of Jordan's initial rejections?  Does Jason genuinely think anyone is fooled by his pretense that Gable isn't the cutest thing in the entire fucking world or is that mostly just a game they like to play together now?

I have the impression that kayfabe-Japan is a remarkably small world: Finn and Hideo were canonically pals there; did Asuka know them?  Does she know anything about the demon or other supernatural hijinks?  As she continues to get characterization feel free to stick to kayfabe or to diverge from where canon may go in coming weeks.

Disillusioned, bitter Emma is just getting me right in the heart. Is she lashing out at Bayley because she's actually angry/disgusted, or does she have some misguided idea that she's protecting Bayley from the kind of humiliation Emma's suffered outside Full Sail?  Also Dana and Emma being good (or as good as they know how to be, anyway) to each other even while being deliciously terrible to everyone else!

What's it like for Sasha Banks to return to Full Sail after spending some time on the main roster?  Coming back home like a Boss or feeling unaccountably like an outsider?  I'd love to see her teaming up in the short-term with Tyler Breeze!

IIRC, Alexa Bliss's last feud before she made the full turn to tiny, sparkly heel was the short program with recently-minted Champ Sasha; was there something about their interaction there that cemented Alexa's resolve/pushed her over the edge?  Why a faction instead of solo ambition? Was she nervous about doing it alone?  Lonely/longing to be part of something?

Booking has been rough on the Realest Guys in the Room over the last couple of months, so basically, I'd just like to see something nice happen for Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore, whether in the ring (fantasy-booking a future significant victory?) or out (get-together fluff; generally being loved-up on in adversity (in as platonic or porny a fashion as you care to take it) by Carmella and/or other friends, etc)!.

Shipping News:   NXT is basically a whole closet full of little black dresses for me; I'm pretty sure you could draw any 2+ characters from a hat and convince me that there could be something between them.  I'm especially partial to shipping tag team partners and stablemates, but I'm also totally here for ships between rivals who aren't always sure whether they want to fuck each other up or just plain fuck.  I'm apparently doomed to go down with the good ship Cesaro/Zayn, but Sami is a character I can imagine having an interesting dynamic with just about anyone, so please don't feel your options are limited there.

Porn possibilities: Celebratory belt-sex: any past, current, or future title-holder (i.e. anyone) receives oral from an enthusiastic partner while wearing their championship belt.

Injury-related time off and/or the company's expanded touring schedule mean more time apart than the characters of your choice are used to: awkward but affectionate phone sex (and/or skype sex or sexting) ensues.

Wrestling lends itself to exhibitionism, and I'd be down for characters getting off on putting on a show for each other, however explicit a shape that takes.

Alexa Bliss should be domming the hell out of everyone; Blake & Murphy aren't in the tagset, but if you were inclined to write about BAMF, I could especially be into something combining D/s with elements of genderplay/crossdressing (ideally with no humiliation).

Dealing with Alexa leads one or both Vaudevillains to the inconvenient realization that they might rather enjoy being pushed around in more congenial circumstances, leading to some tentative kink exploration with each other (and Blue Pants, if you like).



[Pat Novak, for Hire - any (tagset includes: Pat Novak, Jocko Madigan, Inspector Hellman)]

Pat Novak, for Hire - any (tagset includes: Pat Novak, Jocko Madigan, Inspector Hellman)

I suspect that if we've matched on this fandom, you will already have some idea of what you might like to write.  If that's the case, have at; I definitely want to read it!  If some ideas from me might help:

My favorite thing about this series is world-weary Pat's OTT hard-boiled narration, so I'd love something that plays with that style.  But, it would also be fun to see a job (whether from an existing episode, or one you invent for the fic) unfold through Jocko's eyes as he takes Patsy's calls at the local watering hole or Hellman's as he finds that nogoodnik Novak crouched over yet another stiff.

Reading something with the show's flavor translated into prose would be fun, or if you wanted to play around with the format/medium - a script with foley cues? podfic? or some other thing I haven't imagined yet - of your fic, I'd definitely be here for that too.

A missing scene from any episode (I'm most familiar with Jack Webb's runs, but anything available on archive.org or elsewhere online is awesome) would be cool.

Every now and then, a job must break Pat Novak's way, with his actually getting paid and no one in a holding cell or the morgue or floating in the Bay at the end; what does that look like?

An off-duty Hellman hires Pat to take care of something the Inspector is invested in seeing done but can't do himself: what is it? does it change anything about their relationship?

Shipping News: I don't particularly ship anything in this universe, apart from a vague Novak/Dame (or /Hard-Luck-Chuck) of-the-Week, but don't let me stop you! Though I don't have any specific prompts for it, I'd be cool with porn in this fandom if your ideas take you there.


[WWE Immortals - any (tagset includes: Dark Sorceress Paige, Centurion Roman Reigns, Mad Scientist Bray Wyatt, Swashbuckler Seth Rollins)]
WWE Immortals - any (tagset includes: Dark Sorceress Paige, Centurion Roman Reigns, Mad Scientist Bray Wyatt, Swashbuckler Seth Rollins)

Canon for this fandom is more atmosphere than storyline, so let me share with you a headcanon I have:  I assume that each of the parallel universes is inhabited by local versions of the full roster (i.e. Centurion Reigns served in a legion alongside Romanized versions of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, etc; Versions of Harper & Rowan totally helped Mad Scientist Bray rob graves and/or kidnap unwary travelers to aid his experiments; Dark Sorceress Paige can never quite decide whether to put a hex or a love spell on Spider Queen AJ Lee; seafaring versions of J&J Security swabbed the deck of  Swashbuckler Seth Rollins's pirate ship, etc.) and that the playable characters are all wandering around the game-world, shell-shocked and grieving for the ones they've been dragged away from, while constantly surrounded by strangers wearing their loved one's faces (and their own!).  Feel free to write flashback fic set in the characters' alternate-universes of origin, too!

I'll prompt for the individual nommed characters below, but - with the caveat that I'd rather John Cena characters not be a prominent focus of your story - please feel free to include any other characters in addition to, or even to the exclusion of, the nominated characters.

Feel free as well to imagine additional variants of the existing playable characters (there's definitely a parallel dimension where the Shield are basically the Three Musketeers, right?) or how characters who aren't represented in the game yet might appear: Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble, literal hobbits?  Becky Lynch, weird-west steampunk Sheriff?  Seraph Kofi Kingston who really can fly? Kevin Owens: actual shapeshifting Murder-bear?  What aspects of Rusev or Sasha Banks or Cesaro or Damien Sandow or Adrian Neville or, or, or, etc., etc., etc. might get sucked into the game-world?

Dark Sorceress Paige is one of the characters who could fight as part of a team of three made up of different versions of herself; do they all still have a pattern of suddenly turning on their allies?  Does that change when they're teamed with one another or are the other Paiges the only ones she can trust?

Centurion Roman Reigns has always been responsible for (and able to rely upon) an entire legion, and one of the first and only ways he knows how to cope after being cast into the game-world alone is to start collecting people to fight alongside and/or take care of.

Swashbuckler Seth Rollins is a treacherous, lily-livered rat who betrayed his crew before getting sucked into the game-world. It's hardly a surprise to him when the dead ringers for his former brothers he meets here don't trust him; what takes the Dread(ful) Pirate Rollins aback is those versions of Dean and Roman who haven't been burned by their Seth and seem to want badly to see their loyal brother in him.

Mad Scientist Bray Wyatt's special ability is that he can be "knocked out" four times before being eliminated from a fight; each of the first three times he revives and comes back simultaneously weaker (lower health) and stronger (deals more damage).  What sinister things did he do to come by that trick?  What does it feel like to him?  How disheartening is it for the other characters when he does it in a fight?  Tell me how unsettling even his allies find him!

Shipping News:  Gameplay doesn't provide lots of independent ship fodder, but I'm pretty willing to be sold on any non-incest ships (so please no Nikki/Brie, Bray/Bo Dallas, Undertaker/Kane, etc., even if they're from different dimensions) here.  In WWE proper, I especially ship: all possible combinations of the Shield (with Dean/Roman being the most efficient way to reduce my heart to glurgy fangirl mush), Roman/Daniel Bryan (and each of them individually or both in an OT3 with Brie), Bray/Roman and/or Bray/Dean (as crawly dark!fic parings), Paige/Nikki, Seth/HHH/Steph.  Paige in particular is a femslash little black dress for me, and heel-Seth similarly looks good on everyone as far as I'm concerned.

Porn possibilities: All the self-cest, please!  Characters finding it equal parts comforting and weird to be with someone who's familar with their body inside and out and knows what they like/need/can (and can't) handle. They're not all perfect mirrors, I imagine; exploring their surface differences - unique scars, variations in tattoos and other body modifications, etc. - could be sexy too.

Alternatively, characters feeling conflicted (or guilty about not feeling as conflicted as they think they probably should be) about seeking release/connection/etc. with people who look and sound and feel like their partner(s), but are not.  Or, the best/most disorienting of both worlds: group sex with parallel versions of both themselves and their lover(s).



In The End: I hope I haven't buried you under this mountain of tl;dr; I just really love the convenient excuse to ramble about my fandoms that exchange letters provide!  There are about a million things you could write that I'll be excited to read.  If you don't find the extra details above useful, then please disregard them; I mean them to be helpful, not stressful!  ♥
 
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Dear Rare Pair Fest Creator  
09:08pm 20/06/2015
 
 
Applesauce Parker
You are awesome! Thank you for making me something about one of these relationships! I hope you'll enjoy making your assignment as much as I'll enjoy the finished product!

I love all of these fandoms and all of these combinations of characters and will love a gift about any of them, so if you already have an idea, then go for it; I know it will be as rad as you are! If a little detail from me will make things easier/more fun for you, then I'll ramble about fanwork in general and these particular fandoms/ships below:

Do-Not-Wants:
I'm fortunate not to have any triggers, but I do have a couple of back-button squicks that it would be great if you could avoid: romanticized/eroticized depictions of incest or rape are deal-breakers for me. If canon and/or the direction your work takes you include incest or rape, I'd prefer it not be depicted in great length or graphic detail. I'd prefer no a/b/o or mpreg. I'm comfortable receiving fanwork of any rating, and if you're moved to porn, I'd prefer no sex that kinks on fear, extreme pain, or risk of death or maiming.

[Likes & Other General Details]Stuff I love, in general:
banter, found families, redemption narratives, missing scenes and tags/codas, gallows humor, h/c that's light on the 'hurt' and heavy on the 'comfort', characters playing poker, bedsharing (platonic or otherwise), women kicking literal and/or metaphorical ass, characters who own their mistakes (even if they can't seem to quit making them), double lives/secret identities, and hopeful, if imperfectly happy, endings. Most of my favorite stories could be distilled down to something like broken people make a home for each other and/or ragtag band of misfits save world, one another.

Shippy stuff I love:
UST - both one-sided pining and that dynamic where everyone acknowledges the attraction but has some reason for not pursuing anything further right now.  Flirting.  First times - both sexual and other day-to-day life stuff characters are experiencing for the first time as partners.  Domesticity, especially cooking with/for each other.  Partners in established relationships supporting each other through non-relationship drama.  Casual sex between characters who have respect and fondness for each other.  Friends-to-lovers.  Self-aware characters making self-destructive choices (i.e. knowing they're fucking up even as they're doing it and still not being able to stop themselves) about their relationships.  Consensual sex between characters who are antagonistic toward each other, whether that later becomes something warmer or remains a mistake they just keep making together.  Cuddling, hugs, forehead kisses and other little touches and casual gestures of physical affection.  Hair-washing and related grooming, partners sharing a bath/shower.

Porn notes:
I don't expect porn, but I am absolutely open to it.  If you go that route, these are some things I especially like:

A focus on the characters' emotions/sensations rather than a less-personal diagram of the sex act in question.  Non-penetrative sex.  Masturbation.  Voyeurism/Exhibitionism.  Praise-kink.  Light bondage (which, to me, means things like characters being held down by their partner(s) or using restraints that don't leave marks or require a lot of special props or advance planning).  Laughter, whether because things aren't going quite to plan or because the characters laugh together a lot, so why should sex be any different?.  Comfort sex.  Unexpected moments of vulnerability/gentleness between otherwise-antagonistic characters.

While I'm not into things that brush up against my general Do-Not-Wants from above (rape, incest, edgeplay, omegaverse, mpreg), 24/7 D/s, or dirty talk/internal monologue that uses words that would be slurs in other contexts ("slut", "fag", etc.), I'm otherwise open to kink if you think it'd be in-character for any of the character combinations below.

Fanart notes:
I've requested fic or art in each fandom, and I worry that the prompts below skew fic-ish. :/  Please know that that's because I know what kind of details I find useful for writing, but lack that frame of reference for making art.  Broadly speaking, I love things like comics or faux movie posters/book covers, etc. or crossover pieces that put the characters of one fandom into the settings and/or costuming of another, as well as more traditional portraits or sketches.



Fandoms! ♥

Fandoms are listed alphabetically below, along with a little bit of rambling about what I find appealing about or would be especially interested in seeing explored for each requested ship.

[Banshee - Alison Medding/Kurt Bunker; Brock Lotus/Emily Lotus; Carrie Hopewell/Gordon Hopewell; Job (Banshee)/Sugar Bates; Rebecca Bowman/Juliette; Rebecca Bowman/Nola Longshadow; Lucas Hood/Carrie Hopewell; Lucas Hood/Siobhan Kelly]

Alison Medding/Kurt Bunker - I see them as a pairing that would be pretty emotionally fraught but potentially really affirming.  They've already survived trauma/danger together, and in opposing his brother/the local white-supremacist faction there would be plenty of opportunity for them to grow closer over time.  I imagine she would bring some trust issues to the table and he would have some hang-ups about atonement/shame and they would both struggle with his remaining ink and having every reason why they shouldn't even try (shouldn't even want to, maybe) literally written all over him.

Brock Lotus/Emily Lotus - Flashbacks to early days when their marriage was maybe almost working, or just beginning to show cracks?  How long after splitting up was it before they fell into the unhappy but familiar pattern of using each other for sex and picking old fights?

Carrie Hopewell/Gordon Hopewell - Early days: courtship at the diner, her pregnancy with Deva, his embracing fatherhood, the both of them building a different life than they'd expected, together.  Later, taking unsteady steps toward reconcilliation after they've both done things that screwed up the life they'd made.  Fix-it AUs that branch from the s3 finale and find them figuring it out and starting over again all over again.

Job/Sugar Bates - The Odd Couple, plus some pure, unadulterated snark, of the kind that's meant - and utterly fails - to disguise softer feelings.  I imagine affection between them would come out a little sideways: honey, I bought you a new implement of destruction; I love you, you stupid motherfucker, etc.

Rebecca Bowman/Juliette - AU wherein Rebecca leaves with Juliette and her kid, and something happens between them on the road/wherever they stop.  Rebecca saved Juliette from Proctor's retribution, now Juliette will save Rebecca from becoming him.  Basically, they both escape and are no longer doomed, and find in each other a partner who knows where she came from.

Rebecca Bowman/Nola Longshadow - They're both trapped by the limited options their communities have allowed for them, and it's made them dangerous - to themselves as well as to everyone else.  I don't see them ever having a functional or long-term relationship, but I think they'd be pretty likely to blow off steam with some periodic hatesex.

Lucas Hood/Ana | Carrie Hopewell - As babies, sneaking around under Rabbit's watchful eye.  A little later, planning their escape & their future.  Pining and misery and bitterness during his time inside.  In Banshee, all the identity porn: little places where they slip between who they're supposed to be now and who they were before.

Lucas Hood/Siobhan Kelly - Early days, flirting and frank but not-yet-pursued attraction.  S2, all comfort sex and picking through each other's baggage.  S3, comfortable and content and just about too cute, even for all the dark secrets they continue to keep from (his identity) and with (avenging Emmett and Meg Yawners) each other.  Hood's continuing grief.  Fix-it AU where they escape the CADI and start over together.




[Hart of Dixie - Shelby Sinclair/Brick Breeland; Tansy Truitt/George Tucker; Zoe Hart/Joel Stevens; Lemon Breeland/Lavon Hayes; Lemon Breeland/Wade Kinsella; Lemon Breeland/Zoe Hart; Magnolia Breeland/Rose Hattenbarger; Zoe Hart/Wade Kinsella]

Shelby Sinclair/Brick Breeland - These two are more alike than they first appear: a tendency to be a little high-strung/melodramatic, a deep commitment to their families, including the one they make together.  I'd especially like something from the time where they were back together, but sneaking around because they hadn't told everyone yet.

Tansy Truitt/George Tucker - I've always liked George, but he never seemed like a good romantic partner until his relationship with Tansy.  I liked that they were both working on figuring out what they want/need out of life/relationships and on actually saying what those things are and making them happen.  They were also always cute and fun, especially with Dolly Parton on the scene.

Zoe Hart/Joel Stevens - I'd like to see a little of how they got started in New York/got serious enough that relocating to Bluebell seemed to Joel like a reasonable thing to do.  I also really loved the part of the show where Bluebell had started to embrace him in part because of how good for each other he and Zoe were.  Bittersweetness about the end of their relationship, which didn't come because they didn't love each other would also be great.

Lemon Breeland/Lavon Hayes - I'd especially love future-fic or scenes from the s4 timeskips for these two: planning the wedding, little wedding day catastrophes that don't matter at all in the end, their first Sunday brunch as Mr. and Mrs. Mayor, babysitting TBD Kinsella and maybe beginning to think that babies are something they could do.  Mostly, after having their timing be so bad thoughout the series, with one or the other quietly pining away, I'd just like to see them happy together, whatever else you want to imagine them doing.

Lemon Breeland/Wade Kinsella -  I always loved the friendship that these two had, having known each other as teenagers, so that he remembers the hellion she used to be and maybe still is under all that propriety and she still sees the vulnerable and kind parts of him that he's gotten better at hiding behind a leer.  Happy as I am with the show's end-game pairings, I always thought they would be good for each other, too.  I especially loved their goofy fake-dating plot in s3, if you wanted to expand on that, either to have it turn into real Lemon/Wade feelings or to spin into any of the canon ships.

Lemon Breeland/Zoe Hart - One of my favorite parts of the series was their relationship moving gradually from disdain to grudging respect to supportive friendship, so I am absolutely here for extending that slow burn into a romantic partnership as well.  I'd especially love to see them reminisce about their less-than-flattering first impressions of each other from a place of current deep affection.

Magnolia Breeland/Rose Hattenbarger - I'd like to see their paths cross outside of Bluebell - Mobile? New York? New Orleans? - and find them surprised by each other.  Maybe Magnolia's not quite as superficial as she always seemed to Rose when they were kids?  Perhaps Rose is way less uptight than Magnolia gave her credit for?

Zoe Hart/Wade Kinsella - I'd especially love future-fic about these two: their first year as parents, visiting New York as tourists, being totally weirded-out to find themselves as the settled adults giving the benefit of their experiences to the kooky new kids in town.  I was also really into the parts of their relationship when they tried - and failed spectacularly - to be casual about each other.





[MCU - Maya Hansen/Pepper Potts; Riley/Sam Wilson; Clint Barton/Laura Barton; Natasha Romanov/Sam Wilson; Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov/Sam Wilson; Maya Hansen/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark; Maria Hill/Sam Wilson; James "Rhodey" Rhodes/Sam Wilson]

Maya Hansen/Pepper Potts - An expansion of their hotel scene in the movie, bittersweet because we - and Maya - know what's coming, would be lovely.  I'd also love anything set in a fix-it AU in which they come together while a surviving Maya goes about trying to wash the blood off her hands and earn this second chance and Pepper deals with the lingering effects of her own Extremis experience.

Maya Hansen/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark - All the Maya-lives AUs, please!  They all three have baggage (guilt, trauma, shame, fear, etc.) following on from the events of the movie, and I'd love to see them helping each other through that even as they fight their own demons.  I'd especially like for Maya/Pepper and Maya/Tony to be significant/fulfilling in their own right rather than just an adjunct to the established Pepper/Tony.

Riley/Sam Wilson - We know this one ends in pain, right?  I'd enjoy something set prior to Riley's death, whether they're already together or just on the cusp of beginning something or Sam is doing a little pining.  Something about Sam's grief and the loss of what might have been would also be lovely; sadness is a given here, but I'd prefer that fic set in this timeframe also find Sam at least beginning to heal rather than being entirely bleak.

Clint Barton/Laura Barton - Were they already together before he joined SHIELD; if not, did she know who he was/what he did from the beginning, or discover it later?  How much do the children (or neighbors!) know about his work? How does she deal with knowing that he may be leaping headfirst into danger every time he leaves for work?  (Does she have Level 7 access?  Would she even want if she could?)  What was her life like before? I really love the idea of the home they've made being a place of comfort and safety for them, as well as for friends/family (Aunt Natasha, oh my heart!) Clint brings into their little bubble.

Natasha Romanov/Sam Wilson - Natasha is - has had to be to survive - good at being what/who other people want her to be; Sam wants her to be herself, which I imagine is simultaneously comforting and scary.  Sam has been through some shit himself and knows how important it can be to have a soft place to land, and wants to be that for her/them to be that for each other.

Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov/Sam Wilson - More of the time during the movie when Steve and Natasha are on the run and hiding out at Sam's, or when they're planning/carrying out the Falcon-suit heist, or some fruitless mission to trail the Winter Soldier in the space between movies or any other situation that provides opportunities for danger/near-escapes, us-against-the-world, or moments of holy-shit-you're-brave/clever/strong/etc. to set off sparks between the three of them.

Maria Hill/Sam Wilson - I like to believe that their interaction during the events of CA:TWS spun out into a deep and easy friendship - and that that's something neither of them have a lot of - so I'd especially like to see them fumbling around a little in making that transition from friends-to-lovers.

James "Rhodey" Rhodes/Sam Wilson - I feel like they would have a lot in common - their career backgrounds, flight, being pretty grounded even when their close friends are all larger-than-life in some ways, and, relatedly, being a source of emotional support for those variously-traumatized friends - and probably hit it off pretty easily.  I imagine a generally comfortable, lighthearted, low-drama (about the relationship itself; obviously drama from the rest of their lives would continue to happen around them) kind of feel from these two.





[Veronica Mars - Leo D'Amato/Veronica Mars; Veronica Mars/Eli "Weevil" Navarro]

Leo D'Amato/Veronica Mars -  Deputy Leo was always my favorite of Veronica's canon love interests, in part because - at least in the beginning - he came with comparatively little baggage.  I'd love some more of that early, easy flirting, with Veronica feeling a little conflicted about using him (but still ultimately doing it). I'd also love to see them coming back together, sadder and wiser and sorting out their issues, a few years on: maybe he consults for her FBI team during the season 4 that never was?  maybe in an AU from the movie that finds her single, but still reestablishing in Neptune?

Veronica Mars/Eli "Weevil" Navarro -  I always liked how these two would call each other on their bullshit: he would usually end up helping Veronica out, but only after he'd made her own that she's trying to manipulate a favor out of him; she'd bail him out here and there, too, but never let him forget that she knows about his less mean-and-tough side, too.  I'd like to see something about them set in that space between the end of the show and the movie or during the s4 that never was.  If you wanted to write about them in an ongoing relationship, I'd love to see Keith's reaction.  I'd prefer they not be committing infidelity, but feel free to work in an AU that assumes that Weevil doesn't have the settled family life we saw in the movie (or at least hasn't had it yet at the time when your piece is set).





[WWE - Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins; Stephanie McMahon/Triple H/Seth Rollins; Paige/Tamina Snuka; Cesaro/Sami Zayn; Adam Rose/Tyler Breeze]

One canon-specific Do-Not-Want here: I'd prefer your work not use the performers' real-life names or any details of their personal lives or relationships that haven't already been incorporated into kayfabe.

Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins - Relatively-fluffy emotionally-fulfilling Shield-era times, whether in an established relationship or a get-together or first time fic; more emotionally-fraught post-heel-turn interactions (with an audience or not, involving hatesex or not); canon-divergent AUs in which Seth's betrayal is a long-con on the Authority with lots of undercover shenanigans and covert messages to each other in the ring and stealing time together and such; future-AU in which the Shield have reunited but not fully dealt with all their heel-turn related baggage.  I'd also be up for a something about any pair of them as an established couple, realizing that they both want the third to be their partner outside the ring as well, and finding that he's felt the same way about the both of them.

Stephanie McMahon/Triple H/Seth Rollins - Manipultative people unrepentantly using each other (whether they go on to develop unplannde/inconvenient feelings or not); Steph and Hunter aren't completely stonehearted - they know Seth made a sacrifice to join the fold and they're going to make sure he's properly rewarded for it; the McMahon-Helmsleys bringing Seth into their bed as a way of marking their territory/making sure nobody ever forgets that The Authority always wins; Plan B really was just about what was best for Seth Rollins/business, but now that he's part of the family there's a spark there that takes them all by surprise; maybe they had something weirdly sweet that's slowly gone sour over the course of Seth's title-reign.  I could be into pretty much any dynamic among these three, though I would definitely not want to see Steph sidelined to the slash pairing.

Paige/Tamina Snuka - These two have a lot in common - wrestling as the family business with all the associated benefits and baggage, black leather ass-kicker aesthetics, disinclination to play nice - but they don't like each other much, and I don't really see them ever being fluffy/cute/affectionate with each other (unless maybe as part of some elaborate mind game against a common enemy? and even then going back to being sneery and prickly at each other immediately when back in private), but I can definitely see them ending up with a kind of grudging mutual respect after having taken each other apart a few times in the ring and/or in the locker room afterward.

Cesaro/Sami Zayn - These two are both immensely cultured, multi-lingual, cosmopolitan men, and also enormous fucking dorks; please feel free to play up either/both angles or the contrast between.  Their NXT feud was full of amazing matches, stitched together with Cesaro's arrogance and disdain and actual human sunbeam Sami Zayn's plucky earnestness, and culminated with the hug I will probably still be talking about on my deathbed (seriously, it's just the best hug; my needs are simple and well-served by the way Cesaro waltzes him around and cradles his head, after they've just spent the past half-hour kayfabe trying to murder each other.)  I'd love either a moment from during that program or something set in the future - perhaps getting coffee after Sami's hit the main roster? - after they've already established that mutual respect/rapport.

Adam Rose/Tyler Breeze - These two had a match on the 6/3/15 episode of NXT, and something about the way the uncharacteristically-mussed King of Cuteville just kind of collapses into Rosebud-less Adam after the pin, has been hitting me right in the heart.  They haven't spent lots of screentime together (yet? i hope) but I feel like they would have some shared frustrations about their place on the card and heights they haven't reached despite having worked hard/made sacrifices.  I'd be totally here for it if you wanted to do something with Leo Kruger as a personality that's been deeply suppressed and now begun to reemerge with Adam's increasing bitterness/distress.

 
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Dear NotPrimeTime Player  
11:11am 21/04/2015
 
 
Applesauce Parker
You are awesome! Thank you for writing for me! I hope you'll enjoy writing your story as much as I'll enjoy reading it!

I love all of these fandoms and all of these characters and will love fic about any of them, so if you already have an idea, then go for it; I know it will be as rad as you are! If a little detail from me will make things easier/more fun for you, then I'll ramble about fic in general and these particular fandoms/characters below:

Do-Not-Wants:
I'm fortunate not to have any triggers, but I do have a couple of back-button squicks that it would be great if you could avoid: romanticized/eroticized depictions of incest or rape are deal-breakers for me. If canon and/or the direction your story takes you include incest or rape, I'd prefer it not be depicted in great length or graphic detail. I'd prefer no a/b/o or mpreg. If you're moved to porn, I'd prefer nothing that kinks on fear, extreme pain, or risk of death or maiming.

Stuff I love, in general:
banter, found families, redemption narratives, missing scenes and tags/codas, gallows humor, h/c that's light on the 'hurt' and heavy on the 'comfort', characters playing poker, women kicking literal and/or metaphorical ass, characters who own their mistakes (even if they can't seem to quit making them), double lives/secret identities, and hopeful, if imperfectly happy, endings. Most of my favorite stories could be distilled down to something like broken people make a home for each other and/or ragtag band of misfits save world, one another.

[Other General Details]
Shipping News:
I love gen fic a lot, but I'm also open to stories that include m/f, f/f, m/m, and poly relationships. I especially like UST, casual sex between characters who have respect and fondness for each other, and established relationships. Generally, I don't have a lot of unshakeable SRS BZNS shipping preferences (so feel free to sell me on any relationship that doesn't rely on abuse of power), but I'll try to give you an idea of any ships I have strong feelings about in the fandom-specific sections below.

Stylistically:
I don't have a dog in the past tense vs. present tense fight; I read, write, and enjoy both. I will always be a sucker for any kind of unusual narration: second-person, 1st-person plural, outsider POV, unreliable narrator, epistolary fiction, omniscient narrator, etc., etc., ad infinitum. But, third-person-limited is popular for a reason -and that reason is that it works!- so please don't feel pressured to try something you wouldn't have fun with. Just know that if you were thinking about experimenting, you'd find a receptive audience in me!


FANDOMS! ♥

My fandoms are listed below alphabetically, and if the herds of tl;dr associated with each one come in at different sizes, please know that's a function of how many characters I've requested and not a reflection of different levels of enthusiasm. I love all of these fandoms to a truly ridiculous degree, and will be delighted with wherever you end up writing for me!

[Captain America, Movies - Sam Wilson]Captain America, Movieverse - Sam Wilson

I was unprepared for how much I would love Sam Wilson! I love his steadiness and empathy and kindness, and I love that he is an action hero who is also skilled at and finds value in taking care of people emotionally, and I will love any story you care to tell me about him! I'd love to read about his past, particularly his time in the service and the path that takes him to the VA position he holds as the movie opens. What was going on in Sam's life when Cap was discovered and revived? How did that news (or other superheroes-are-real/MCU-event related news) affect him as a non-enhanced soldier or civilian?  How will he balance that life with increasingly frequent acts of non-powered heroism?

I love (or at least really like!) pretty much everybody else in the MCU, so feel free to include any/as many other characters as you like.  Below, I'll throw out a few general ideas:

Sam and Steve crossing things off of Steve's list of things he missed.  Sam and Rhodey bond over flying and working hard to keep friends out of trouble.  Other times Sam's offered Natasha a safe place in trying times.  There are only a few people Maria Hill truly lets loose with; Sam Wilson is one of them.  Sam meets Peggy Carter on one of her better days; they talk about lots of things, but especially Steve.  Sam is invited to [Avenger/Supporting Character of your choice]'s regular-ish (potentially-world-ending-crises permitting!) poker game.

I'd also love to see missing scenes from the movie, like: more of the time when Steve and Natasha crash/hide out at Sam's place; the heist to recover the Falcon gear; bedside vigil time at the hospital with Steve; or anything else you wish they'd shown us.

I'm currently fairly un-spoiled for Age of Ultron, so I have no specific prompts to tie into it, but I will almost certainly have seen it before reveals, so feel free to incorporate any character beats or fallout from its events.

I've received lovely gift-fic about Sam previously, but rest assured, I'll always be delighted to read more of him!

Shipping News: I would eat all the gen friendship fic up with a spoon, and I have a bit of a soft spot for Sam/Natasha/Steve, but I'm generally happy to read Sam shipped with anyone who appreciates him.  If you put Sam at the center of an ensemble story, I'm cool with pretty much any background relationships except Thor/Loki or other incest pairings.



[Iron Man, Movieverse - Maya Hansen]Iron Man, Movieverse- Maya Hansen

I will be delighted with any story you care to tell me about Maya Hansen before, during, or after the events of Iron Man 3! I just really love her arc through the film, from her early idealism, through a series of compromises that eventually leave her complicit in "The Mandarin"'s atrocities, to a final effort at resistance even though she must have expected to wind up gut-shot and deserted for her trouble.

I'd love to hear about her early career: the conception/initial development of Extremis and the course that brought her to the conference where she connected with Tony and Killian.

The Extremis trials are pretty endlessly fascinating to me, so I'd love to see Maya during them, weighing the project's progress against against its steadily-increasing human costs, and drifting away from her initial purpose so gradually she doesn't even notice at first.

I'd also adore a Maya!Lives story set after the movie, in which she gets a chance at a redemption arc, whether that comes in the form of working with SHIELD/refusing (or betraying?) HYDRA or any other direction you see fit to take her.

I'm currently fairly un-spoiled for Age of Ultron, so I have no specific prompts to tie into it, but I will almost certainly have seen it before reveals, so feel free to incorporate any character beats or fallout from its events.

I've received wonderful fic about Maya in previous exchanges, but if fandom worked according to my whims, roughly half of the MCU fic in existence would be about her.

Shipping News: I would be perfectly delighted with gen, but if you're inclined to write something shippy or porny, bring on all the Maya/Pepper and/or Maya/Pepper/Tony, please!



[TMNT - any]Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - any

I'm familiar with major plot beats and differences in tone across the various adaptations and iterations of the Turtles' story, so please feel free to work from any version you prefer or are most comfortable with. (Though, if you use April as a point-of-view character, I would generally prefer that she be a bemused adult rather than a teenager.) I don't want to prompt too specifically and box you out of the version of canon of your choice, so I'll mostly ramble below about things I love about the fandom, in general.

The Turtles' story is one I will always come back to happily, like the narrative equivalent of comfort food. I was exactly the right age to imprint hard on the original cartoon series and first live-action movies, and I can see echoes of TMNT in a lot of the kinds of things I'm drawn to in a story, even now: families - especially families of choice, ridiculous action pieces/fight scenes, a universe that posits interesting, and sometimes dangerous, secret worlds just under the surface of ordinary life, heroes who are never fully a part of or at peace in the mundane world they risk themselves to protect; Raphael was always my favorite as a kid, and to this day I remain a sucker for characters who are sarcastic and stubborn and less hard than they'd like you to believe.

Before little!me had any inkling of something like fandom or fic, my many and sundry action figures would often be found acting out melodramatic - because mutants can't just go to the doctor! and what will they do if Master Splinter or one of their brothers doesn't get better?! - hurt/comfort epics. I like to think my tastes are slightly more subtle these days - running less to comas and open weeping and more toward distressing but not permanently debilitating injuries and snark and affectionate abuse that utterly fail to disguise fear and relief and other squidgy emotions - but there aren't many things I dig as reliably as hurt/comfort.

With a group of four characters, we get all the individual relationships (Donny and Mikey, Mikey and Raph, Raph and Leo, Leo and Don, etc), plus the ways all those dynamics interact when any three or four of them are together. I love them all, and I love stories about siblings, so a story about any combination of Turtles just being brothers - whether goofing off over pizza in the lair or in the middle of a more fraught situation on the surface - would be awesome! Likewise, fic about Master Splinter and fatherhood would be lovely.

I also really love lightly fluffy gen de-aging fic in fandoms with sci-fi or magical elements, and if that's something you're up for, I would definitely eat that up with a spoon here. I have no real preferences as to who should end up regressed and who should be left to caretake/puzzle out a solution, as every possibility is a delightful one: (Casey turns out to be surprisingly good with small children/turtles; Leo is suddenly little and has to let everyone else be responsible for him for a change; who knew Master Splinter was such a picky eater?, etc.)!

Shipping News: I'm going to be no fun at all here, and say that I'm only interested in gen fic out of this fandom. I'm not comfortable receiving any porn for this fandom.



[WWE - Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins]World Wrestling Entertainment - Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins

One fandom-specific Do-Not-Want here: I'd prefer your fic not use the performers' real-life names or any details of their personal lives and relationships that have not already been incorporated into kayfabe.

IIRC, in order to match with me on this fandom, you'd have to have offered all three of these characters, but I'd be perfectly happy with a story about any of them individually or any pair of them one-on-one if that's what you're feeling.

One of my favorite things about this fandom is the intimacy/frustration of constant travel and living in each others' pockets, so I'd be delighted with a slice-of-life-on-the-road during their run as The Shield, or something set after Seth's heel turn about how weird/hard it is for Roman and Dean to reshape their routines around his absence and/or how Seth adjusts to traveling alone or with various members of The Authority.

Feel free to stick close to kayfabe storylines or take up a divergent AU: I'm especially partial to Seth's-betrayal-is-a-long-con-on-the-Authority scenarios and futurefic wherein the Shield has reunited but not necessarily gotten past all their heel-turn related baggage.  In general, I am utterly here for any and every kind of angst about Dean's abandonment issues, Seth's heel turn, Roman's travails from the Rumble onward, but I'll also throw out some tropey and/or fluffy prompts below:

Roman is distinctly unenthused about doing press for the Immortals video game in his character's centurion costume, leather battle-skirt and all... until he sees the effect it has on his partner(s).  I leave to your discretion whether that's as fluffy as giving them something to laugh about on a tough day or as smutty as frottage ensuing when they can't break apart for long enough to disrobe or anywhere in between.  Mostly, I'd like to see Roman enjoying taking care of someone(s) he loves, in whatever form that takes.

If I had my fannish way, the curbstomp-onto-cinderblocks would have spawned reams and reams and reams of tropey, soap-opera amnesia fic about Dean: where was he during the month or so he was missing from programming? what would he do with the shreds he does remember? what happens when others encounter him and figure out what's happened - who'd try to take care of him? who'd manipulate him for their own purposes?  Seriously, go nuts here.

I have a lot of feelings about Seth and the Authority, especially J&J Security, who are unfailingly loyal to and inexplicably fond of him, even at his weaselly worst.  The Authority are definitely not the Shield, but sometimes they're almost a (dysfunctional as all hell!) family, too.  What's it costing him to be part of it?  Anyone can see the benefits of power; are there less-obvious perks to having bought-in?

Shipping News: Found-family gen is always a delight, and Dean/Roman reliably turns my heart into ridiculous mush, but I also ship every possible combination of these three; there are no wrong choices here, only excellent options.



I hope something in the above tl;dr is helpful to you.  If not, please ignore it; my intent is to give you options, not to box you in.  Thanks again for writing for me!  I hope you're having a great fest! ♥
 
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Applesauce Parker
Thank you for grappling with my requests!  If you already have some idea of what you want to write, then go for it; I know it'll be as rad as you are! If some details from me will make things easier/more fun for you:

Do-Not-Wants:
I'm fortunate not to have any triggers, but I do have a couple of back-button squicks that it would be great if you could avoid: romanticized/eroticized depictions of incest or rape are deal-breakers for me.  If canon and/or the direction your story takes you include incest or rape, I'd prefer it not be depicted in great length or graphic detail.  I'd prefer no a/b/o or mpreg.  I'm comfortable receiving fic of any rating, and if you're moved to porn, I'd prefer no sex that kinks on fear, extreme pain, or risk of death or maiming.  I'd also prefer your fic not include the performers' real-life names or details of their relationships or personal lives that haven't been incorporated into kayfabe.

[Likes & Other General Details]
Stuff I love, in general:
banter, found families, redemption narratives, missing scenes and tags/codas, gallows humor, h/c that's light on the 'hurt' and heavy on the 'comfort', characters playing poker, bedsharing (platonic or otherwise), women kicking literal and/or metaphorical ass, characters who own their mistakes (even if they can't seem to quit making them), double lives/secret identities, and hopeful, if imperfectly happy, endings.  Most of my favorite stories could be distilled down to something like broken people make a home for each other and/or ragtag band of misfits save world, one another.

Stuff I love about wrestling in particular:
factions/stables/tag-team partnerships, heels/rudos being kind or tender or loyal or otherwise good to one another, characters competing without necessarily regarding each other as enemies, the day-to-day frustrations of living out of a suitcase, the comfort/intimacy of spending all that time on the road with the same handful of people, emotional beats turned up to 11

Shipping News:
I love gen fic a lot, but I'm also into stories that include m/f, f/f, m/m, and poly relationships.  I especially like UST, casual sex between characters who have respect and fondness for each other, and established relationships.  Generally, I don't have a lot of unshakeable SRS BZNS shipping preferences (so feel free to sell me on any relationship that doesn't rely on abuse of power), but I'll try to give you an idea of any ships I have strong feelings about in the fandom-specific sections below.

Stylistically:
I don't have a dog in the past tense vs. present tense fight; I read, write, and enjoy both.  I will always be a sucker for any kind of unusual narration: second-person, 1st-person plural, outsider POV, unreliable narrator, epistolary fiction, omniscient narrator, etc., etc., ad infinitum. But, third-person-limited is popular for a reason -and that reason is that it works!- so please don't feel pressured to try something you wouldn't have fun with.  Just know that if you were thinking about experimenting, you'd find a receptive audience in me!

Spoilers and Jossing:
It's fair to assume that I'm current with on-going kayfabe storylines, so don't worry about spoiling me for recent developments.  On the other side of that coin, don't worry if the show takes a zig where your story assumes a zag; I'd rather read the divergent fic you're excited to write than the one that less-enthusiastically incorporates some July swerve.

AUs/Fusions/Crossovers:
I'm not the biggest fan of AUs that totally replace the backdrop of wrestling with something less-oddball/emotionally-fraught (say: high schools, universities, coffeeshops), but I do like the ones that add something else to the setting, like the characters are all still wrestlers, but some of them are also werewolves, or vampires, or empaths; or how do wrasslers cope with the apocalyse or life IN SPACE?  And I really love what-if AUs that diverge from a particular point in canon. 



I'm not sure how matching operates, so I've grouped the characters up into requests according to promotions and angles/relationships they've spent a lot of time involved in, but whoever or wherever we've matched on, feel free to mix and match everyone below any way you see fit.  In the case of NXT especially, please feel free to include any other characters, nominated or not. 

I've been on kind of a spree of requesting wrestling fandoms in multi-fandom exchanges lately, and if you're so inclined, feel free to pull prompts from any previous exchange letters, whether I've specifically recycled them here or not.

I'll prattle about individual characters below, but here are a couple of catch-all prompts that you can swap any combination of characters into:

Car trouble or inclement weather strand the wrestlers of your choice at a Waffle House off a rural stretch of interstate; hijinks and/or bonding ensue.

Porn (with or without plot, as you see fit!) in which any past, current, or future title-holder (i.e. anyone) receives oral from an enthusiastic partner while wearing their championship belt.

[Rusev & Lana]
Rusev & Lana - Give me an origin story!  How were they paired up? Did they choose each other, or were they matched up on orders from someone higher up the food chain? What were their first impressions of each other?  How have those changed over time? When did they first really connect as partners/allies?

Or a slice-of-life! How do they spend the downtime between Rusev's CRUSHing duties?  Do they travel like the rest of the roster, or with a motorcade/diplomatic immunity/other kayfabe absurdities?  What have they learned about each other that no one else knows?  How do they take care of each other both inside and outside the ring?

While I'd be delighted for Rusev's U.S. Title reign to figure into your story, I'd prefer that John Cena not be a prominent character in or major focus of your fic.

I would be equally happy with ship-fic or gen where there's respect, fondness, and solidarity in their non-romantic relationship.  If their partnership in kayfabe ends over the coming months, please feel both entirely free and strongly encouraged to ignore canon developments wholesale!


[Cesaro, Natalya, Tyson Kidd]
Cesaro, Natalya, Tyson Kidd - Kidd and Cesaro were one of those tag teams that were just kind of thrown together as an afterthought, and at a point when each of their careers were in a bit of a rut.  I'd love something about how they felt about that/each other at the outset, and the three of them gradually coming together as a (mostly-)functional and genuinely competitive stable.

How are they coping with the loss of the Titles? (I'd prefer the adversity draw them closer together rather than split them apart.)  I'm really enjoying how the feud with the New Day is playing out, so feel free to include Big E, Woods, and Kingston as supporting players if you like.

I'd love to see them navigate a poly relationship, either among the three of them equally (why else would Cesaro be at the double-date Natty planned with Naomi & Jimmy?) or Tyson and Natty opening their relationship, with Cesaro romantically involved with one of them and partners/friends with both.  On the other hand, I always love gen, could really go for Natty/Naomi, and ship Cesaro/Zayn like burning, so there are no bad choices here.

I don't watch Total Divas and mostly cringed through the tie-in segments on the in-ring programming, so I'd prefer those angles not be a major focus of any fic.


[Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins]
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins -  Because I'm lazy, the prompts below will mostly involve the three of them together, but I'll also be delighted with fic about any of them individually being a mess of (tender or bitter or unsuccessfully-repressed, or or or etc...) feelings about the Shield and/or its dissolution at any point in the kayfabe timeline you see fit.

The former members of the Shield are snowed in to the same Stamford hotel room the night of the blizzard-Raw.  What kind of advice does Seth have for Roman about Lesnar and in what spirit does he offer it? How successful is Roman at being a buffer between Seth and Dean?  Even after all the time and hurt between them, do they find themselves falling back into their Shield routines?  Is it the sort of fic-convenient hotel room that has only one bed - and do they, in spite of all good sense, end up sharing it?

I haven't requested Bray Wyatt specifically, but wow do I love him!  I'd be 100% here for some kind of AU in which he breaks/converts one of the former Shield into the Family and one or both of the others works to break his hold.  (Roman reluctantly allying himself with heel-Seth for Dean's sake!  Dean and Roman saving a fallen-from-grace Seth because nobody gets to fuck him up except his one-time brothers!  WHC Seth struggling to justify to the Authority (and himself!) why he keeps inserting himself in Wyatt's affairs!  Roman Wyatt just can't bring himself to break that pesky Dean Ambrose in half, even though there are always consequences for defying Bray!  Dean, having failed to defeat Wyatt and save his partner(s) willingly consigns himself to the darkness, where at least they will all be brothers again!  What I'm saying is that there are an infinite number of ways to break my heart here.)

I love gen about these guys as found-family, and I also ship them in every combination, so feel free to write their relationships with as much or as little romantic/sexual involvement as you like.


[Bayley, Emma, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Carmella]
Bayley, Emma, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Carmella - I've basically requested the entire nominated NXT women's division here -- feel free to focus on as many or as few of the individual characters as you like!

I am so into the Bayley/Emma feud!  Disillusioned, bitter Emma is just getting me right in the heart. Is she lashing out at Bayley because she's actually angry/disgusted, or does she have some misguided idea that she's protecting Bayley from the kind of humiliation Emma's suffered outside Full Sail?  Kindness is not the same as weakness; will Bayley prove that she's tougher/more resilient than Emma's given her credit for?

Charlotte is headed to the main roster any time now.  How does she say goodbye? Does she feel like she's leaving any unfinished business behind at Full Sail?  What kind of reception does she get at Raw?  Perks and burdens of carrying the Flair name and legacy in the small world of WWE?

First, the NXT Women's Title, then the world!  What's next for Sasha BOSS Banks?  You didn't seriously think defending against the likes of that disgoostin' ingrate Becky Lynch was going to keep her that busy, right?  I'd especially like to see her forming new alliances either among the parts of the women's division who haven't already teamed/feuded with her or with Tyler Breeze.

I'd be delighted to see Carmella playing off of Cass and Enzo and/or Blake and Murphy, or mixing it up with Alexa Bliss.  Though they haven't spent a lot of time together on-screen, their social media indicates that Bayley and Carmella are pretty close; what would that relationship look like in kayfabe? How did they first hit it off? What do they have in common?

I always love gen, and I'd be happy to read these characters paired up with each other or any other combination of NXTers, so go for any or no ships as you see fit.


[Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Tyler Breeze, Corey Graves, William Regal]
Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Tyler Breeze, Corey Graves, William Regal -

Sami Zayn, actual human sunbeam and light of my wrasslin' nerd life, has been having a tough year. Feel free to to wallow in the angst of his having finally won the title, only to meet Kevin's terrible betrayal, and the ensuing months of convalescence and hurt feelings leading in to Rival (and/or the same following on from that Title bout). Alternatively, someone(s) who love Sami in less-complicated ways than Kevin taking care of him, in the form of waiting for him in the ER/physical therapist's or making him mixed-tapes/playlists (even though their musical tastes aren't exactly aligned) or conning him into going out and doing things with them so that he's not just stewing and pushing himself too hard in training/rehab or lots of comfort sex, if you're feeling porn for this assignment, or really any other thing you see fit.

For Kevin Owens, I'd love to see his side of Sami's two-month Title reign and/or his own ongoing run with the belt, all simmering resentment and deep denial about how he feels about Sami and what he's done. What happens when their paths cross outside the ring these days? I'd also love flashbacks to points in their long history where things were easier between them or where Kevin's bitterness had just begun to creep up on him. We know that he's worked tag teams and public appearances with other NXTers without storming out or putting anyone through a table; I'd love to see someone's perspective on what he's like in those moments outside the show when Sami(how could you!?) isn't the focus of conversation.

One of the angles commentary has been pushing recently has been about Tyler Breeze resenting upstarts like Hideo and Finn coming in to take the spot in the NXT Title scene that he's spent years enduring all these uggoes to earn; I'd like to see that outward arrogance/internal insecurity play out from his own POV. Alternatively, give me the trials and tribulations of maintaining his beauty standards as the Mayor of Gorgeous-town: what happens when lost luggage means he's scheduled for a match and only has boot-noodles in last season's colors at his disposal, or his hairdresser suddenly retires (driven to nervous collapse, perhaps? Not that Tyler has any idea what that could be about) and he's due for a trim?

Corey Graves's transition to commentary gives him such an interesting perspective on the rest of the cast! Has he noticed things about the other characters from his seat at the announce table that he maybe didn't see as clearly when he was their peer or partner or competitor? Is it hard for him to be so involved in the show knowing he can't safely compete again? Who helps him shake that off when it starts to weigh too heavy, and how do they do it?

Regal as NXT GM is a much more neutral, or even white-hat, authority figure than the main roster has had in a long time, and significantly different from the villain he was during his own in-ring career.  I'd love to see his reflection on that role, or a day-in-the-life that finds him doing all the little stuff involved in the care and feeding of all the baby wrasslers at NXT - maybe with cameos by any/as many of the other characters as you care to include?

I'd prefer Regal not be shipped with any of the wrestlers in his charge, and I really only ship Kevin (in a past relationship or present state of tortured longing) with Sami (and Mrs. Owens, though I'd prefer she not appear as an active character in the fic, since for all her significance to the arc, she hasn't appeared as a kayfabe presence).  I'm happy to see Tyler, Corey, and Sami shipped with each other or any other NXTers, will always be here for Sami/Cesaro, and am always delighted by gen.


[Prince Puma, Mil Muertes]
Prince Puma, Mil Muertes -

Though I've only listed a couple of characters in my sign-up, I'd love backstory about literally anyone's path to the Temple, so feel free to write about any character(s). If there's a LU story you've been looking for an excuse to write, consider this it!

Feel free to go full-scale weirdness and magical realism here, since, after all, you'd only be adhering to canon! Prophetic dreams and visions, ancient curses, human sacrifice, actual lizardmen who just happen to wrestle (and no one bats an eye at either their existence or career choices), etc. (NGL, I would also not complain about cathartic meta in the form of one of the luchadoras making Matt Striker the Alex Riley to her Kevin Owens.)

Tell me about Prince Puma's life prior to the series: what was it like growing up and getting by in Boyle Heights? How did Konnan discover him/his lineage? What keeps him under Konnan's sway? What does he make of sometimes-rival sometimes-ally Johnny Mundo?

How about something about those days in the rubble when Pascal Mendoza became Mil Muertes? He and Catrina first linking up? Their route to Dario Cueto's Temple and what they mean to accomplish there? The impact of her betrayal? What happens to him in the immediate aftermath of Grave Consequences?


I hope I haven't made you tap out to my Walls of TL;DR here! If none of this is helpful to you, then please disregard!
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